Just So You Know, Idris Elba Will Never Marry You Or Anyone Else
I didn’t mean for that title to come off harsh; it’s just that, sometimes, when delivering bad news it’s best to be blunt. And that’s exactly what Idris Elba was when he spoke to Essence magazine as the cover subject for their August issue.
The focus of the feature was on the actor’s transition from on-screen talent to behind-the-scenes shotcaller. Although he’ll be starring in several projects this year, what Elba’s most excited about is his upcoming directorial debut, Yardie.
“Yardie is quite a semi-famous bit of English literature about a small-time pastor who comes from Jamaica and ends up embroiled in [avenging his brother’s death],” he told the mag. “It’s set in the late seventies, early eighties, a hotbed of Jamaican culture in London, but then crack cocaine arrives.”
Production for Yardie, which is being shot on location in London and Jamaica, began in mid-May and should be coming to a close any day now, which gives Elba a little break before filming for the fifth season of Luther begins in early 2018. But before we know it, Elba will be making his rounds to promote the films he’s starring in in the later half of 2017, including The Dark Tower, which hits theaters next month; The Mountain Between Us which is slated for October; and Thor: Ragnarok and Molly’s Game, both of which are scheduled to be released in November.
As you can see, the man is busy — too busy fulfilling his life’s calling to engage in an act that he doesn’t believe is: marriage. When asked about finding love amid his responsibilities as an actor, director, and father of two, he stated:
“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so. Yeah, I don’t think so. Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”
Elba was first married to Hanne Norgaard, the mother of his daughter, Isan, but they split soon after her birth. In 2006, he married real estate attorney Sonya Nicole Hamlin who claims the British star left her just weeks after tying the knot because being married wasn’t a good look.
“People were telling him he was going to ruin his career,” she told The Daily Mail. “He was being told it was an important part of his image to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and being married would damage that.”
In 2014, Elba welcomed a son with girlfriend Naiyana Garth whom he’d been dating since 2013. The status of their relationship is currently unknown, but one thing we can say for sure, it seems, is there are no plans to walk down the aisle.
Head to Essence.com for more.