Idris Elba proposed to Sabrina Dhowre at a screening for his latest film

42nd Toronto International Film Festival

Sometimes when I’m crazy-jealous of some lucky B who gets one-on-one time with one of my forevers, my jealousy gets translated into pettiness and spite. This is not one of those cases. I love Idris Elba: he is one of my forever men. He’s been with Sabrina Dhowre for less than a year – they made their red-carpet debut last September, and let’s be generous and say they were together for a few months before that. Sabrina became his official after his on-and-off thing with Naiyana Garth. He and Garth welcomed their son Winston in 2014 but they never married. Before Garth, well… let’s just say Idris’s love life has always been sort of messy. I love him dearly, but I know he’s a mess in romantic relationships. To be fair, I don’t think he mistreats women… I just think he’s not great at settling down with one woman at a time. So imagine my lack of shock that Big (Messy) Driis proposed to Sabrina ON STAGE during a preview of his new film Yardie. Here’s the footage:

It’s romantic, for sure. She’s a lucky woman. But I’m not really jealous though. I mean, would I love a night with Idris? For sure. Would I love to just go to dinner with him and listen to his accent for several hours? YES. But I actually feel sorry for Sabrina, because… I mean, this isn’t forever. I have my doubts that they’ll even make it down the aisle. So… Sabrina, enjoy him while you can! Good luck and Godspeed.

Oh and JUST LAST YEAR – not even one year ago – Idris was telling Essence that he had no desire to ever get married again.

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  1. V4Real says:

    Congrats, she’s beautiful and I’m jealous.
    I know quite a few people who said they would never get married or have kids. They are all married now, most of them with kids.

  2. LilLil says:

    Public proposals are so cringy to me. But good luck to them.

    • greenmonster says:

      Same here. I see nothing romantic in public proposals – ever. For others it might be a huge public display of their love, for me it’s forcing the other person to say ‘yes’.

    • lightpurple says:

      My mother always shouts: “Say NO!”

      • Raina says:

        Your mother just made me LOL

      • elimaeby says:

        I love your mom. I always tell my boyfriend (we’ve been together for years, and we’re already planning for a wedding at some point, the proposal just hasn’t happened yet) that if he proposes to me in any public setting, I am saying no just to embarrass him because I would be mortified.

      • Adrien says:

        Ha! Someone proposed to his girlfriend at a marathon meet and the girl said no. We all felt embarrassed for the guy. Good thing youtube and social media didn’t exist back then.

      • Moneypenny424 says:

        Your mom is awesome!

        My husband and I are big sports fans. I didn’t think he’d ever do it (he is shy and hates attention), but just in case I told him that if he proposed to me at a Celtics game on the Jumbotron, I’d say no.

    • Nicole says:

      Same I would turn someone down if they proposed to me in public. I hate attention to the nth degree.
      Also everyone sobbing about how jealous they are has clearly never tracked this dudes love life. No man is hot enough for the BS he puts women through.

    • Raina says:

      If the screening went poorly I imagine it would be awkward 😉
      All jokes aside, congrats. I like him, great actor and easy on the eyes.
      As for public proposals, to each their own, but it’s not my thing personally. I’d feel pressured to say yes, at least in that moment.

      • Raina says:

        @Nicole, just read your comment. What did he do?? I really don’t wanna cancel him ugh.

      • Nicole says:

        They definitely covered it on CB. Idris is the stereotypical douchebag that can’t keep it in his pants to save his life. He skates because he’s attractive. Like Kaiser said they will be lucky to make it down the aisle unless she’s okay with cheating.

      • magnoliarose says:

        He’s not the faithful type. He has on set flings for one.
        I have never heard he was mean or that his relationships weren’t consensual but Idris has a roaming eye.

        I am not as angry as Nicole about it because an actor being faithful would need to be kidnapped and taken to a lab to be studied for science. Right after an athlete and a musician. Such rare specimens would be a one in a zillion chance to see such rare mythical creatures in the flesh.

      • Nicole says:

        I’m not angry I just don’t fawn over him because i find his behavior stupid at his age

      • magnoliarose says:

        Oh, I know Nicole you aren’t angry. Should have put a lol.
        Hopefully, she is open to an open marriage or else she is in for a lot of hurt and pain.

    • Yeahright says:

      Ugh. I would feel pressured into saying yes.
      A big fat no for me!

    • GirlMonday says:

      Agreed. The proposal in the movie STEPMOM is my dream.

    • India Rose says:

      Since this was a film premiere at TIFF, presumably being attended by lots of film critics, isn’t it gross timing to propose & get the crowd feeling all gushy and romantic and positively toward him, right before showing his directorial debut? It could backfire if the cynical critics don’t fall for the fireworks. Or it could boost spirits of the lapdog critics who just got to witness an Idris personal moment. Or the critics could try to toss it all aside and judge the film solely on its own merits, which would be harder to do after that kind of bruhaha.

      TL/DR: The timing is suspect.

      • SM says:

        I honestly do not get the hype of him. He simly is not doing it for me. And considering he is a womaniser who can’t not cheat (which happens, but if that is how he chooses to live his life that is an indication also about how he views women) mixed with public proposal and basically he looses any hotness points from me (not that he needs them).

  3. Mia4s says:

    Hahaha! Oh well, I agree, have fun while it lasts!

    He is sooooooooo messy.

  4. Maya says:

    The cynic in me can’t help but think of it as a way to drum up publicity for his film. I wish them the best , though.

    • PIa says:

      Actually, I think it is a Visa/Immigration issue.

      The UK is very strict with Immigration. Meghan and Harry applied for the family Visa to get her in, and that is why they’re getting married in 6 months, to comply with UK Border Services.

      Sabrina is Canadian, and to keep her in the UK, I think Idris needed to make it official.

      • Maya says:

        That makes sense. Although when I said publicity, I was referring more to the fact that he proposed in public at a screening of the film, not the relatively short length of their relationship.

      • Wendy says:

        It’s probably a lot easier for a Canadian being that it is in the commonwealth.

      • LAK says:

        British Royals don’t delay their weddings. An average royal engagement lasts 5-6mths, sometimes less.

        The fact that MM has visa issues is a side issue. Even if she was ully British, the engagement would be very short.

      • PIa says:

        LOL Wendy hell no! Being in the Commonwealth does not gain any favour. THe only Visa Commonwealth citizens get access too it a 2 year work visa called the Youth Mobility Visa, used by Aussies, Kiwis and Canadian 20-somethings to gain temporary work (usually in a pub) in the UK.

        @LAK I get that Royals have short engagements, but in this case I think the legal precedent was one they really needed to follow.

  5. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Congrats on the publicity for the new film, and the engagement too. Third times a charm!

  6. MI6 says:

    OMG I love you Kaiser. Nailed it! 🤣

  7. Meggles says:


    Hmm, where have I heard that before? Oh yeah literally every single time a ‘hot’ male celeb gets a significant other.

  8. Meggles says:

    PS pls do a post on Hiddleston being papped looking like a homeless person and the ensuing fan meltdown, because it’s really funny.

  9. Jayna says:

    Not my thing, on stage in front of people, but if it worked for them, great. Great-looking couple.

  10. jferber says:

    I’m torn on this one. She’s beautiful and I wish them happiness, but I wanted him for myself.

  11. Kiki says:

    I for one am not jealous of this relationship. I LOVE Idris Elba and I am so rooting for him to be James Bond…. I hope this one last because I really want to see him happy for one and have more children that his this time.

    Plus, his fiance Sabrina is very pretty. Best of luck you two

  12. Adrien says:

    Suddenly, my life has no meaning anymore. Kidding aside, congrats to the couple.

  13. sadie77az says:

    All I can say is that I bet she has really nice feet. 😉

  14. Dolkite says:

    Shouldn’t you guys be whining about how he’s marrying someone more than 15 years younger? And about how older women are totally hot and what men REALLY want?

  15. Theodora says:

    I like Idris Elba as an actor, but otherwise he’s a womanizer with an ego the size of China, like many other famous actors.

    Good luck to this gorgeous woman, she’s going to need it.

    • Truthful says:

      nailed it!

      He is the lucky one, she is a gorgeous young woman marrying a middle-age still handsome actor with tons of baggage and an inflated ego.

      Good luck to them! Extra luck to her!

  16. MissMarierose says:

    You nailed it, Kaiser. Some of my friends were lamenting that their fantasy bf is engaged. I told them not to worry because he’d probably be back on the market within the next two years.

  17. Yeahright says:

    She’s beautiful and he’s fickle.
    Let’s hope third time is the charm.
    I couldn’t imagine the holidays with two other baby mamas.
    No thanks!

  18. Sam says:

    He is past it, he was really goodlooking maybe a decade ago. My friend saw him in London a while back and told me that he isn’t all that. He’s also not tall, average height and looks a bit grandpa ish.