Actor Idris Elba has had a full recovery since his asthma attack and dished on how honored he was to present the Nelson Mandela biopic to President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Elba still won’t confirm whether or not his makeup artist girlfriend of several months is pregnant.
Idris gave his fans quite the scare when he couldn’t make it to a South African press conference because he suffered from an asthma attack shortly after boarding his plane.
The good news is the British actor has made a full recovery and says that his asthma attacks are a rare occurrence.
“I’m feeling really good,” Idris told the Huffington Post. “Full recovery… I’ve battled with asthma most of my life, and think as soon as I got on that plane I just got an attack, which is really rare.”
The “Luther” actor admitted that it was also “a very scary moment” for him, but he is grateful that he’s feeling much better now.
He also revealed how grateful he was to now have a connection not only with former South African President Mandela, but with U.S. President Barack Obama, as well.
Idris had the honor of presenting the film to the president at the White House.
“That was such a great moment for me to have the opportunity to present that film to the president,” he said. “The president has oftentimes spoke very, very highly of Mr. Mandela and regards him as a friend and speaks of him fondly. So I felt very proud to play the character and be able to present it to Barack, who loves to watch films.”
In the past, Obama has also listed Elba as one of his favorite actors.
Idris recently went public with his relationship, which he has kept under wraps for about seven months.
Idris grinned from ear to ear as he posed with his girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, who is a London-based hair stylist and makeup artist.
While she may be a new face to many of the 41-year-old actor’s fans, sources revealed that she’s been a part of his life for quite some time.
“They’ve been together for a few months but it’s really ramped up recently,” one source told The Sun. “They get on brilliantly and she’s a real hit with his family and friends.”
Idris himself hasn’t confirmed the pregnancy rumors, but once source has already said that the couple are “thrilled” to be having a baby together.
Idris is already the father to an adorable 11-year-old girl named Isan from his previous marriage to Dormowa Sherman. But news of another baby on the way may be what prompted him to finally go public with this relationship.