Idris Elba Sacrificed His Marriage To Give His Career A Boost, Says His Disgruntled Ex-Wife

Date April 19, 2019

Idris Elba has got everything going for him. The actor, who is on the peak of his film and TV career, is engaged to Sabrina Dhowre, a gorgeous American actress and model 16 years his junior.


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However, his love life was a mess in the past.


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Idris’s second wife, Maryland-based property lawyer Sonya Hamlin, spoke to the Daily Mail about her whirlwind romance and subsequent marriage to the actor and opened up about the reason why their relationship fell apart.

Sonya’s candid revelation

Sonya met Idris in 2006, when The Wire, an HBO series in which the actor starred, was being filmed in Baltimore. Back then, Idris wasn’t the megastar that he is now, but Sonya fell for him simply because she thought he was a nice and charming guy.

The two started dating and soon moved in together. Idris and Sonya were a regular couple and enjoyed plenty of simple moments of happiness in their romance. Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sonya recalled:

He’s a homebody. He didn’t like to be out at night. He loves to watch TV, and listen to music. We were very casual. We’d lounge around in jeans and a T-shirt.


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After a few months of dating, they tied the knot in Las Vegas, a decision made on the spur of the moment. Sadly, their 'happily ever after' was short-lived: Idris and Sonya separated just weeks after they got married.

And it wasn’t because one of them did something wrong. It was because being married got in the way of Idris' career, as he explained. The marriage crumbled under the pressure of the actor’s quest for success. His friends were in his ear, too, telling him that Sonya was a not a good match. She told The Mail:

Some people used to say, “Why her?” That’s what they were telling him. It used to upset him. He was like, “Why don’t people just let me be happy?”

‘I couldn’t understand how it would damage his career because I saw actors like Denzel [Washington] be successfully married. But I don’t think those actors’ wives are running law firms.


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Although their careers pulled them apart, Sonya and Idris have no hard feelings towards each other. They are still friends and talk on the phone from time to time, Sonya said in the interview.

Idris is a father-of-two

Idris' previous relationships and marriages didn’t work, but they resulted in two kids.


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He has a daughter, Isan, born in 2002 in his first marriage, and a son, Winston, born in 2014, in a long-term relationship with Naiyana Garth.


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We hope that the actor learned from his past mistakes and his current relationship works!

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