In a world where shows like Maury and Paternity Court use the subject of paternity as a way to get ratings, its sometimes hard to remember that there are people out there who honestly get hurt by these things. Celebrities aren’t immune either. During an interview with GQ Magazine, Idris Elba finally shared the story about finding out he wasn’t the father to his ‘son.’ He’s never really shared what happened, until now.
He was dating a woman in Florida, had been for a couple of years. They were living together and in love. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. For a brief moment, it was among the happiest times of Elba’s life. “The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be. “It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”
Eventually, Elba decided to take a paternity test, which showed the child wasn’t his. “To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,” he says, “was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.”
Wow. This all happened after Idris shared with various media outlets that he was expecting a new baby boy too. My my my.
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