Idris Elba Covers GQ Looking All Types Of Dapper, Discusses Finding Out Son Isn’t Really His
Sometimes you just have to sit back and thank the Lord for his many unforeseen blessings, like Idris Elba on the Cover of GQ magazine. I, for one, know this certainly brightened my morning.
Talking about his time on “The Wire,” acting in “Pacific Rim,” and what we can expect from “Mandela” this Fall, Idris is looking something like a dapper don is his GQ photo shoot, which is why the mag decided to include shots of him with a guideline on how to “Transform a Three-Piece into a Triple Threat.” Word of warning to all the men folk out there, you can’t do it like Idris — but we’re not mad if you try. Idris doesn’t sound like he’d be either, since, from the sounds of his interview, he is insanely oblivious to the power of his uniquely good looks.
“I sort of blended into the background quite a bit. I wasn’t the guy that was a big personality. I was the tall, silent, quiet type,” he told the mag of his life before fame. “I call it the invisible factor. On any ordinary street, walking down in London Soho in a cap, I’m just a f**king tall black man walking along.”
He seems to have left the word fine out of that last sentence. Don’t worry, we’ll fill it in for him.
Making him all the more charming, Idris also opened up to GQ about his prior marriage and the breakdown of the relationship:
“I liked the idea of being married. I was focused in on what I was trying to do in my life. And my girl supported me.”I had to keep going back and forth to New York, to London, to try and make a bit of money real quick. [She] didn’t adjust to the culture as quickly as I did. We just had a hard time. The next thing you know, we broke up.”
At the time, Idris’s ex-wife was pregnant and he was sleeping in an Astro van.
“I mean, it was like, ‘F**k, where did I go wrong?’ I had a lot of promise in England, you know? ‘What the f**k are you doing here? Your visa’s going to run out soon. You’re going to have a baby. What the f**k are you doing?’ That’s what’s going through my head.”
Not long after, Idris got picked up on “The Wire” and the rest was history — that is until the actor got involved with a new woman and began proudly boasting about having a son, only to find out it wasn’t his. As GQ tells it:
He was dating a woman in Florida, had been for a couple of years. They were living together and in love. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. For a brief moment, it was among the happiest times of Elba’s life. “The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be. “It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”
Eventually, Elba decided to take a paternity test, which showed the child wasn’t his. “To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,” he says, “was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.”
And then there was the fact that he’d mentioned the kid in public, the knowledge, even then, that at some point he’d be sitting in a room like this one, being asked about the worst, most humiliating thing that ever happened to him. “You know, the truth is—like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.” He looks directly at me when he says this. “But I wasn’t knocked out. I stood right the Fawk back up, and I ain’t aiming to take another punch in the face ever again. Do you understand what I’m saying? It happened to me. I moved on.”
Thank God for perseverance. Check out a pics of Idris on the next few pages and head over to GQ for the full story. Did you know he potentially had a son?