Idris Elba's ex Sonya Hamlin reveals the reason behind their annulment.

April 18, 2016
First Published On: April 18, 2016

Luther star’s second wife revealed the reason behind their divorce.

Sonya Hamlin has claimed that the Jungle Book star decided to split when his friends told him that their marriage would ruin his career.

For the very first time, she revealed the reason to The Sun on Sunday:

“We were madly in love. But Idris was getting a lot of flak for getting married and being married. Everyone was like ‘Dude, you’re the hottest sex symbol’.”

“I know people were telling him he was going to ruin his career. He was being told it was an important part of his career to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and that being married would damage that. 

"Some people used to say, ‘Why her?’

"It wasn’t the right look, that’s what they were telling him. It used to upset him. He was like, ‘Why don’t people just let me be happy?’"

Sonya Hamlin, a US lawyer, had met the actor in 2006 when he had just completed the shooting for his highly acclaimed TV show, The Wire.

The couple got married on April 2006 after dating for three months at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.


However, their marital relationship could not last long. Elba dumped her just after 6 weeks of tying the knot.

Sonya stated that his friends led Elba to end their marriage. She claimed that he dumped her because the marriage didn’t suit his image.

The couple got divorced within few months by claiming that she had been drunk at the wedding, which was not supposedly true.

An insider had also opened up about their split saying:

 “One of the reasons it ended was her practice was doing well here (Nevada) but Idris wanted to be in LA. At some point, he had a choice between a husband and a heartbreaker. He chose his career over her.”

Three years earlier, in 2003 Elba was divorced from his first wife Kim Norgaard with whom he has a 15-year-old daughter, Isan.

Elba later settled down with his girlfriend Naiyana Garth, with whom he has 22-month-old son Winston.


Earlier this year, they have split and it was alleged that Elba had an affair with K Michelle.