Idris Elba’s Second Wife Sonya Hamlin Speaks On Their Marriage
After marring and divorcing Kim Elba, the mother of his daughter Isa Elba, Idris apparently briefly married a woman named Sonya Hamlin.
According to Sonya she and the star split after just two months of marriage because “she wasn’t a good look” for his career.
This is Sonya Hamlin, a beautiful property lawyer and the ‘secret’ second wife to whom Elba was married for just a few brief weeks before, she says, he reached the devastating conclusion that she would get in the way of his career.
She was heartbroken.
Today, in her first-ever interview, the 44-year-old gives The Mail on Sunday an unprecedented glimpse into the emotional life and, some might say, the ferocious ambition of Britain’s biggest rising star.
‘People were telling him he was going to ruin his career,’ she says. ‘He was being told it was an important part of his image to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and being married would damage that.
‘It was very sad. Idris and I were madly in love, but he was getting a lot of flak for being married. Everyone was like, “Dude, you’re the hottest sex symbol!”
‘“It wasn’t the right look”, that’s what they were telling him. I wanted to save the marriage.’
Sonya also recalled the romantic moment that they decided to elope in Vegas on a whim.
Then on April 8, 2006, they jetted off to Las Vegas, Nevada, to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jnr vs Zab Judah boxing match. Sonya’s comments on Facebook, where she describes herself as a ‘diehard boxing fan’, give colourful insight into her tastes.
But it was Elba who was the victor that night, persuading Sonya to elope for a secret marriage the following day.
The couple sneaked away and went to a jewellery store in the hotel where they were staying. ‘He got me a beautiful diamond ring,’ she says.
They hailed a taxi to the courthouse, picked up a marriage licence, and headed straight for the Little White Wedding Chapel.
‘It took several hours before we made it there, but neither of us was nervous,’ she remembers. ‘When you have that chemistry and you’re that much in love, why would you be nervous?’
She says they exchanged their vows as the sun set. Aside from the officiant, the only wedding guest was a complete stranger: Las Vegas estate agent Daniel Krastev, whom they persuaded to serve as a witness.
Back at the hotel they called their parents, then celebrated in their suite with dinner, champagne and chocolates overlooking the Vegas Strip.
So what does Idris thinka bout his ex wife coming forward???
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