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Idris Elba CHILLS On The 2013 October Cover of GQ Magazine; Talks Having To Get A Paternity Test On A Son He Thought Was His!



Pacifa Rim actor Idris Elba is taking over GQ Magazine‘s newest cover for a second time, and opens about his marriage, selling drugs, once being a struggling actor, and having to get a paternity test done on a son he thought was his.

Here’s a few highlights from the sexy British actor’s interview with the magazine below:

On his former marriage, a London woman he had an on-and-off relationship with and married at 26:

“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.”

On their divorce, which happened when his now ex-wife was pregnant:

“I had to keep going back and forth to New York, to London, to try and make a bit of money real quick.” Back in the States, Elba’s wife “didn’t adjust to the culture as quickly as I did.” And he was gone a lot. “We just had a hard time. The next thing you know, we broke up.”

On struggling as an actor and selling weed at a very young age:

“The apartment we had lived in together was in Jersey City. So when I left, I was sofa-hopping here and there and got to a place where I was parking it in Jersey somewhere and just camping down for the night. I mean, it was like, ‘Fuck, where did I go wrong?’ I had a lot of promise in England, you know? ‘What the fuck are you doing here? Your visa’s going to run out soon. You’re going to have a baby. What the fuck are you doing?’ That’s what’s going through my head…I was studying [for “the Wire”] in my van for the auditions.”

He then adds,

…”I was running with cats. I mean, I was DJ’ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work. I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth.” He says he’d sell drugs at Carolines, and meanwhile all these successful guys would come through: D. L. Hughley, Dave Chappelle. “All those black comedians, they knew me as a doorman.”


On his unique ability to blend in with his peers:

“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….I call it the invisible factor. On any ordinary street, walking down in London Soho in a cap, I’m just a fucking tall black man walking along.”

On the son he thought was his, but discovered his Florida fling lied to him–with plans to only trap him:

“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.”

“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 fuck 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.”

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Plus, check the behind the scenes video below:

Back in 2010, Elba was doing a press run for a movie called The Losers, and excitedly told reporters that he’d had a son. In The New York Times, he later spoke of the child by name. Soon after, Elba stopped mentioning him.

A year later, Essence had a sit down with Elba, but when asked how his daughter enjoyed being an older sister, he answered: “I only have a daughter.”

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1 Comment

  1. Kalvin

    September 20, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Lol idk about wearing some riri spelled on my cloths…growing up when I heard riri ,, it meant like meanly challenge…basically.. retarded smh lol she got some good outfits but that name messes it up.

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