*While 43-year-old Idris Elba was celebrating his big win for Best Supporting Male at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, his secret ex-wife was spilling the tea to tabloids about their painful breakup after four months of marriage.
According to lawyer Sonya Hamlin, she and Elba were married briefly back in 2006, but called it quits four months after saying “I do!” because he wanted to focus on his acting career in L.A., while she was comfy making a solid career for herself as a successful lawyer on the east coast. Elba and Hamlin had been living together in Maryland for a few weeks after he wrapped filming on The Wire. A source tells UK’s The Sun about the wild night they tied the knot in Las Vegas.
“I remember Idris. They were both very nice, not intoxicated or nothing crazy like that. They arrived at 5-6pm,” a source at the chapel says. “I recognised him because my brother’s a fan of The Wire. They were having a lot of fun. The person checking them in was joking about them marrying in Vegas and Idris was giving it back.”
The marriage lasted only two months before Hamlin filed for divorce. The Sun reports how the split was triggered by constant fighting over Idris wanting to live in Los Angeles.
“One of the reasons it ended was her practice was doing well here but Idris wanted to be in LA,” another source adds. “At some point he had a choice between being a husband or a heartbreaker. He chose his career over her.”
Sonya’s mother, Betty Hamlin, recalls her daughter’s heartbreak after she and Idris called it quits. “It was a very painful relationship.” Another friend adds, “It’s a heartbreak story. She cared about him and when they broke up it tore her up.”
BET notes that a 2012 tweet from Sonya makes it seem like the former couple had found closure.
Special congrats to my very dear friend @idriselba on his Golden Globe! Tune in to BBC America this Sunday for the Luther marathon!
— Sonya Hamlin (@Blasianlawyer13) January 18, 2012
It was previously reported that Idris is a single man again after splitting from his baby momma Naiyana Garth. They began dating in the summer of 2013, and welcomed son Winston in April 2014. His rumored lovers have been singer K. Michelle and supermodel Naomi Campbell. K. Michelle has publicly opened up about her alleged painful breakup with the actor, and the “Luther” star responded by blocking her on Instagram.