Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom is desperate for a strong, independent woman to replace his ex-girlfriend Kate Bosworth.

The sexy 28-year-old met the Blue Crush actress on the set of a Gap advert in 2003, but separated from her in January (05), because their hectic filming schedules prevented them from having a stable relationship.

But despite rumours of a reconciliation, Bloom insists he's put the relationship on hold for a year and is considering a new romance in the meantime.

He explains, "Kate and I are very close. We knew we had a lot of time apart for work and thought we would leave the door open by letting it go right now.

"I look for kindness and a sense of independence. I like a woman of strong character."

05/05/2005 03:05