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Idris Elba: 'I sacrificed love for success'

WHO'S THE DADDY? Actor Idris Elba says he sacrificed a lot for success

IDRIS ELBA has revealed that his relationships have suffered in his quest to achieve acting success.

The British heartthrob, who has enjoyed success in films including 28 Weeks Later and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, said that his career is his biggest achievement, but revealed that he had “sacrificed” his personal life in order to attain it.

Asked what his biggest disappointment is, the Hackney-born star said:

“My personal life. I sacrificed it to be where I am as an actor. So my relationships have suffered.”


HAPPY AND IN LOVE: Elba with girlfriend and mother of his son, Naiyana Garth

Speaking to The Daily Mail, 42-year-old Elba, who is in a relationship with hair and make-up artist Naiyana Garth, said the last time he was happy was when Garth gave birth to their son Winston last year.

“Watching the magic that is childbirth. Of course I was there,” said Elba, who also has a 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. “Did I feel like a spare part? Nah, but I don’t want to talk about it.”

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