He married for the third time in April 2019.
And fans of Idris Elba got all excited on Sunday when he called himself ‘a father of two boys’ while promoting his new movie at the Toronto International Film Festival.
However, the London-born actor threw cold water on the speculation he’d welcomed a baby with third wife Sabrina, tweeting on Monday: ‘Sab @Sabrinadhowre and i thank you for all the congratulations but we haven’t had a baby.. .. that’s not true.’
‘Don’t believe everything you read,’ he added.
Set Twitter alight: He married for the third time in 2019. And fans of Idris Elba got all excited on Sunday when he called himself ‘a father of two boys’ while promoting his new movie
‘Don’t believe everything you read’: However, the London-born actor threw cold water on speculation he’d welcomed a baby boy with wife Sabrina, tweeting on Monday: ‘we haven’t had a baby.. .. that’s not true’
While promoting the drama Concrete Cowboy at a virtual press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, ET Canada reported that the Luther star let slip: ‘I’m a father of two boys, and definitely I can’t wait for my youngest to see this film.’
Elba has a daughter Isan, 18, from his first marriage and a son Winston, six, from a previous relationship.
Neither he nor third wife Sabrina Dhowre had confirmed a pregnancy nor the arrival of a child.
The actor, 48, and the Somali-Canadian model, 30, started dating in 2017 and tied the knot in Marrakesh on April 26 last year.
A source clarified to ET Canada that Elba has a godson and that is who he was referring to in his remarks.
No baby: Elba, 48, married third wife Sabrina Dhowre in April 2019 (pictured December 2019). A source clarified Elba has a godson and that is who he was referring to in his remarks
Father figure: The Luther star is dad to six-year-old son Winston, whom he shares with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth. Father and son are pictured in Paris in April 2018
Daddy’s girl: Elba also has a daughter Isan, 18, from his first marriage to Hanne ‘Kim’ Nørgaard, which ended in 2003
In Concrete Cowboy, Elba plays the father of a troubled teen in North Philadelphia.
The two are estranged but the teen, played by Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things, is torn between rebelling and pursuing a life of crime and his father’s lifestyle as an ‘urban cowboy,’ who rides horses around the inner city neighborhood.
Elba revealed that he had faced some challenges in portraying his character, revealing at the virtual press conference: ‘I’m allergic to horses, OK. I couldn’t see what I was doing, I couldn’t breathe.’
He added: ‘It goes beyond just learning how to ride a horse. Very quickly, you have to have a bond with the horse…. They quickly understand who’s riding on the back of them. And then you have to understand them.’
The drama, written and directed by Ricky Staub, is based on the real-life Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, an inner-city horse stable in Philly that helps at-risk youth turn their lives around, according to THR.com.
The film is produced by Lee Daniels and has its world premiere in Toronto on Sunday night.
Back in the saddle: Elba stars in the drama Concrete Cowboy, about the father of a troubled teen who lives an ‘urban cowboy’ lifestyle. It has its world premiere in Toronto Sunday night