It has been rumored that Idris Elba is set to become a father for the second time. The unconfirmed news was sparked when the actor was spotted with his girlfriend who showed signs a growing baby bump in addition to her subliminal messages on Twitter referencing the pregnancy. Elba, however, isn’t taking well to the attention.
In a recent interview with USA Today, the “Long Walk to Freedom” actor also spoke about attempting to shake the “ladies man” title that’s overshadowing his skills as an actor.
Here are excerpts of the interview:
On his alleged girlfriend Naiyana Garth and her alleged pregnancy: “Recently my private life is creeping into my work life and that annoys the (expletive) out of me. This is my work. My life is different.”
On his ladies’ man persona: “My director likes to point out that (Nelson) Mandela was a ladies’ man. What the (expletive)? That’s why you hired me, because you think I’m a ladies’ man?’ (He laughs and denies sharing that characteristic with Mandela.) “What I do see is the ambition. He’s got drive and I have a lot of drive, annoyingly. I never want to sit still. My agents are like, ‘Calm down.’ But why take six months off?”
On meeting Oprah Winfrey: “I was just sitting with Oprah Winfrey, who has been a landmark, a pinnacle for success. If you sit with Oprah Winfrey, you’ve made it. My mum believes that. It’s been surreal to have this attention thrown at me. It’s a massive honor.”