Bad news if you were holding out hope for that Valentine’s Day date with actor Idris Elba. Guests in attendance to a Friday screening of his latest film Yardie, witnessed a tender moment when the 45-year-old dropped down to one knee in London’s Rio Cinema and asked 29-year-old beauty queen Sabrina Dhowre for her hand in marriage.
The pair started dating about a year ago while the Luther actor was filming 2017’s The Mountain Between Us. Elba was dating Dhowre who won Miss Vancouver in 2014 for seven months before the pair decided to go public with their relationship. But fans may recall a time when Elba, who was married twice before and has two children from past relationships, had different feelings about marriage. He told Essence magazine just last summer that marriage wouldn’t be in the cards again:
“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.”
But just a few months later during a courtship with Dhowre, it seemed Elba had a change of heart about falling in love with someone special when he told People:
“It definitely got noticed because I try to keep my personal life different. I think it’s an interesting space, especially for her. She’d never done a red carpet before and I tend not to do that. It was nice actually.”
Congratulations to the beautiful couple! You can view footage of the proposal below: