Idris Elba: ‘You probably think I’m shagging all the time. But there’s no way’


I didn’t realize before today that Idris Elba has a Twitter. Go here to see it – he’s not a crazy tweeter, he mostly uses it to promote his film, television and DJ work. He posts a lot of photos but he can go weeks without tweeting anything, which is always a good sign for a celebrity. I’ve included a couple of Twitter pics that I loved, especially the one of Idris in the afro wig. Amazing.

Anyway, drips and drabs are still coming out from Idris’s Esquire UK interview – we covered some of the photos and quotes last week. The Esquire photoshoot is especially nice, but Idris also discussed how he doesn’t get as much action as we think. Dude, you LIE.

IDRIS ELBA might be one of the most sought after men in the UK, but according to the star, he finds it hard to get lucky with the ladies.

The Luther star – who is set to take on the role of Nelson Mandela in upcoming biopic Mandela – recently revealed that while it would be acceptable to think he has his pick of the ladies, his growing fame is actually a hindrance.

“Look, you probably think I’m shagging all the time. But there’s no way,” he said.

Going on to reveal that the only women that come up to him these days are those after an autograph.

“They’re all my fans,” he said.

“I miss the days when me and my boys could go to a barbecue, and go, “Who’s that shorty [girl] over there?”

[From Express]

See? He’s lying. I love him and everything and I think his personal life is a hot mess, but Idris gets mad play. He walks down the street and ladies hurl their panties at him, correct? But what if I’m wrong? What if we live in a world where Idris isn’t getting that much action? Or is that part of his game? That’s what I think. It’s always the biggest players who say crap like this – “I don’t get that much action, I’m not the lady’s man you think I am.” They say that as they’re taking off you panties.


Sorry, that image was too much for me. I needed to take a moment. Carry on, Idris.


Photos courtesy of Esquire, Idris’s Twitter.

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  1. Post-Its says:

    Ugh. The smoking picture killed it for me.

  2. Darkladi says:

    Dear Idris,

    The reason you aren’t shagging all the time is that you haven’t called me yet. Just sayin’

  3. GeeMoney says:

    Oh Idris. Anytime you need a date, just let me know :)

  4. Maria says:

    Hmmm, maybe finding a relationship may be hard but I doubt he can’t find some company, lol.

    He’s a gorgeous man.

  5. T.Fanty says:

    *mutters to self*

    don’t look at the words don’t look at the words. Just enjoy the beautiful man and pretend that it’s someone else talking…

    Actually, that wasn’t too bad. Just a tiny eyeroll at a forty year old Dagenham man using the word “shorty.”

  6. Samanthalous says:

    I just have no words for how this man makes me feel.

  7. Elodie says:

    LOL! Who knows, sometimes you may be flirting but don’t seal the deal, but trust me he’s a player alright! He hit on me in a nightclub last year back, but I was in a relationship back then…

    Idris, I’m available now hiiiiiiii! *waves*

  8. Lisa says:

    Not if I had anything to say about it.

  9. Tish says:

    When you’re not shagging, you’re wanking. Haha.

  10. Sixer says:

    I have thrown so many panties at him over the years that my panty cupboard is bare.

    He has more Twitter followers than HiddleyAnna. That always makes me snigger. Oops.

  11. LadySlippers&Loons says:

    Maybe it’s true that he isn’t getting as much action as we think. We always think the worst when it comes to men and their female fans. I wonder how many other stars (men or women) run into the same issue…

  12. Algernon says:

    Maybe he’s just not into groupies. Especially after that whole Florida thing. I can see him getting a lot of offers but him being wary/over it.

  13. littlestar says:

    He’s really really good looking. I can’t decide if he’s charming or if he’s a douche in disguise.

  14. the other Kate says:

    Idris, I’m not your fan, and really, the LAST thing I need from you is your autograph, soooo….

  15. Anna says:

    Can’t breathe. It’s too early in the morning to feel this way

  16. tifzlan says:

    I want you to not post anymore pictures of this fiiiiiiiiiiine man but at the same time i do oh LORD please help me i’m getting woozy

  17. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    @Kaiser, who wrote: “It’s always the biggest players who say crap like this – “I don’t get that much action, I’m not the lady’s man you think I am.” They say that as they’re taking off you panties.


    Sorry, that image was too much for me. I needed to take a moment. Carry on, Idris.”

    LOL!! BEST. LINE. EVER! :)

  18. Megan says:

    Is it strange that I just want to like lick him?

    I seriously love him and think he may be the sexiest man. Someone send those selfies to People.

  19. Dia says:

    He should stick to smiling for the camera and keep his mouth shut.

  20. MissNostalgia says:

    I just really like this guy. For you fans out there, get the movie “Sometimes In April”, it was one of his first roles….about the Rwanda genocide…excellent performance!

  21. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    Back when I was watching the Wire I hated his character but I would always have dreams about this beautiful man. I literally fell in love with him in these dreams. I think it’s about time I catch Luther on Netflix.

  22. Jayna says:

    I just rewatched that movie he did with Beyonce, Obsessed. It’s so budget, but I watched it again just to swoon over him once more. He was so fine in that movie. I don’t know how Beyonce held herself back and didn’t cheat on Jay during that shoot. I might be too weak if I was away on location with him for months.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:


      I’ll let you off this time because I know you’re a Depeche Mode fan but you need to start being more careful. He’s been involved in many projects, you have options!

      • Jayna says:

        It came on Lifetime, and I couldn’t help myself when I was channel surfing and saw he was on.

        Depeche Mode tore it up this tour. One of the best concerts I have ever been to bar none. And I loved this bass-heavy Goldfrapp remix they did from their 2005 song A Pain That I’m Used To. Dave was on fire this tour.

        APTIUT at Staples Center:

        And Martin even brought out a slowed-down version of But Not Tonight from Black Celebration. I cried.

      • Jayna says:

        I posted the wrong clip for But Not Tonight above.

        Much better audio here and vantage point. I love Martin. He’s such a geek, but a tremendous, pervy songwriter:

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        OHMYGOSH, I SAW THEM TOO!!!!!!!!! YEA!!!

        My sister and I saw them on Labour Day weekend in Toronto. Anyone who attended the concert also had entrance into the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition), it’s a fair. We got to see an air show, I ate an appalling amount of funnel cake and Mac Toffee, I got cold and was able to shake down my sister for a new top, went to the show.

        It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!! And the crowd was so into it (except the dude next to me only sang along to Policy Of Truth, I could tell he was confused by my presence. I’m painfully short (5’0, but my sisters are 5’6 and 5’7 because they’re, well, know, bitches) and I have chronic babyface so people usually think I’m a teenager). Can we talk about how much of a cow I am? Okay, my sister got the tickets five months in advance so she was able to get seats that were far better than any we had ever managed to secure for their earlier tours. Because she got them within the first, maybe, 30 seconds after they went on sale, the price was…not cheap, but a good deal. Okay, I’m a cow because we were close enough to have seats and be covered by a tent (it was Molson Ampitheatre, so, you know, it was an ampitheatre) and it rained and rained and rained and I giggled to my sister about ‘the poors’ (of which I’m a member every other instance).

        But because my sister’s a skank, she showed me their set list for their show in Wantaugh (I think that’s New York) because everyone in Toronto, Montreal and Brooklyn got mad that this place of which we hadn’t heard got such a stellar set list. Seriously, they played ‘World In My Eyes’, ‘Somebody’, ‘Behind The Wheel’, ‘Shake The fucking Disease’, ‘A Question Of Lust’…geez. But they didn’t get ‘I Feel You’ or ‘Black Celebration’

        We got the same Goldfrapp mix of APTIUT and her mix of ‘Halo’.

        We got to hear the slowed-down version of ‘But Not Tonight’, too! Martin Gore liked us! I’ll prove it you:

        When Martin smiles, I smile. That concert was so much fun it must’ve bordered on illegal. He looks the best he has in a while. Somehow he reversed the pickling. I think the black half of him remembered not to crack and he was rejuvenated.

        And when I told my sister that I wish I had Dave Gahan’s body I wasn’t kidding. Dude’s in his fifties and looks the best he has ever looked. Explain the science to me and bring me some.

        It’s great that you got to see them, they’re so fantastic live. Now I have to wait another four years to see them. Countdown to 2017, I don’t even want to think about how much those tickets would cost.

      • Jayna says:

        @Jo Mama, they will do a third leg the beginning of next year back overseas, and I am seriously thinking of splurging and going because I don’t want to wait four years again, and with Dave’s cancer scare, you never know what could happen. Dave is my porn. I go with girlfriends so I can dance and scream and fully enjoy Dave in his Cuban dancing shoes twirling and grabbing his crown jewels and stripping down. I don’t want to be dragged down by my sweetie. LOL

        We were up close too, well, the closest I’ve ever been to them, and it was more exciting. His energy was astounding. He says he feels 25 on stage but feels 51 when he wakes up in the morning after running around on stage all night.

        Martin does look good since he laid off his heavy drinking days.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        You got to be up close? That’s so boss, I’m happy for you! Hopefully, I make it to the front, someday. Too rich for my blood at present, the tickets closer to the front were over 500 dollars a piece, so… even my seven-year-old nephew says I’m too old to marry for money, so…this kid is always asking, ‘Can you marry someone and get some kids?’ My little stinker.

        I was really pleased with the spot we got, but yes, there were a few instances when I wanted to take specific photos and my sister had to grab my waist and lift me up. It happens a lot, I’ve made peace with it. I’m not overweight, but I’m not PJ Harvey, so I delight in seeing my sister’s face fall a bit when she asks, ‘Alright, do you want me to pick you up?

        I do remember Martin saying something about how Dave goes to the gym every day when they’re on tour. The man is CUT, but not bulky. Just like Mr. Elba, I’m sure there is no shortage of women who wouldn’t mind being his sober minder. When they got to ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ everyone was screaming, ‘Don’t go yet!’ So much fun.

        But they left anyway.

    • Suze says:

      Jeez, go rent The Wire. He steams up the first three seasons of that series. And the whole thing is just incredible, anyway.

  23. icerose says:

    now this a man who can act and has style – up there in my top ten with Tom and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  24. WendyNerd says:

    He’s gorgeous, and yeah, I really doubt he’s only giving those women autographs. I don’t know much about his personal life, though. How’s it a mess?

  25. Guest says:

    You can shag a lot: if needs be just be ultra choosy about your partners. Be extra careful. Set extraordinary standards.

  26. Veeeeeery Veeerytas says:

    What’s with those people and their need to concentrate on their “muh dikking” all the time?

  27. Suze says:

    Yes, he’s lying. But it’s sweet.

    It’s like Chris Rock says, “He doesn’t even get a toe in the door and women are kicking off their shoes.”