Idris Elba Shares His Biggest Disappointment in Life

Idris Elba Shares His Biggest Disappointment in Life

The actor says his greatest accomplishment, his career, came with some sacrifices.

Published February 4, 2015

Idris Elba might seem to be a man who has it all, but in a recent Q&A with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, the actor reveals that he’s had to make sacrifices to be where he is today. When asked what his biggest disappointment has been, he answered, “My personal life.”

“I sacrificed it to be where I am as an actor. So my relationships have suffered,” he continued.

Still, the Mandela star mentions his career as his biggest achievement due to the fact that as “an odd, tall, Black man that doesn’t quite fit in,” he’s had to fight for every role he’s ever landed.

He also shared that the birth of his son, Winston, in April 2014 was the last time he felt really happy and that being told he could never be loved because he didn’t love himself was the worst thing anyone has ever said to him.

Speaking of hurt feelings, Elba shares a childhood full of bullying because he was so shy and slim.

“Shy, eager to please, skinny. I remember walking into school on the very first day and one of the kids sang out, ‘Feed the world... let them know it’s Christmas-time!’ And everyone cracked up. My first day! Me and this kid ended up having a fight, although he is now my best friend — but that’s how skinny I was. Also, for one term I was sent to this school for kids with disabilities — my disability was asthma. I learned a lot there — how to deal with different people and develop different skills. It was there that my personality opened and grew.”

Oh, if those kids could stand in front of him now…


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