The 48-year-old let slip during a September 14 virtual press conference that he and wife Sabrina Dhowre secretly welcomed their first child together.
Elba made the surprise revelation while chatting to MM to promote his new movie, Concrete Cowboy. The film is about a troubled teen and his relationship with his urban-cowboy father, a concept Elba said he could relate to.
“It really resonates with me, I’m a father of two boys, and definitely I can’t wait for my youngest to see this film,” said Elba, who has two children from previous relationships: daughter Isan, 18, and son Winston, six.
The star did not share any further details surrounding the birth, nor did he reveal the baby’s name during the interview.
Elba was equally secretive when it came to his wedding with Dhowre last year. Although the event was hush-hush, the April 2019 ceremony in Morocco was extravagant and featured in British Vogue.
News of Elba’s new baby comes six months after he and Dhowre tested positive to COVID-19. At the time, he was filming a movie in New Mexico, but Dhowre flew by his side once she heard the diagnosis.
“As soon as I heard that Idris was potentially exposed, I mean, I was on my way anyway, I wanted to be with him,” she told Oprah Winfrey in her TV special Oprah Talks COVID-19. “I think that’s an instinct as a wife. You just want to go and take care. We didn’t change the way we interacted. I could have made a decision to put myself maybe in a separate room or stay away, and I’m sure that people are making those decisions that are tough decisions to make. But I made the decision to be with him and still touch him.”
Dhowre tested positive days later, but both have now fully recovered and have urged people to get tested if they feel unwell.
“Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill and you feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, then do something about it, alright?” Elba said on Instagram.
“We live in a divided world, we can all feel it, it’s been bulls–t. But now’s the time for solidarity; it’s the time for thinking about each other.”