*Idris Elba’s wife says life as the spouse of a hunky Hollywood superstar can be quite uncomfortable at times.
In the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Sabrina Elba admits that the attention can be overwhelming, so much so that sometimes she denies being the wife of the British superstar when people approach her in public.
“It’s so weird to be increasingly recognized,” she said. “In Selfridges the other day, I literally had to pretend I didn’t know who ‘Sabrina’ was. I felt so bad because the girl kept mentioning how much I looked like Mrs Elba and I kept denying it. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, especially as a lot of people don’t actually know my name, they just recognize my face from social media.”
Elba does admit, however, that the upside to being a celebrity wife is the never ending attention has pushed her out of her comfort zone.
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“My life has changed in the past few years in ways I could never have imagined,” she said. “It’s almost like I had to rediscover who I am and what I want to do. I feel like I’ve been reborn into a different person.”
Continuing, “Sometimes it can be horrible to have your face all over social media, but, in other ways, it has helped me grow out of my shell,” she added. “I even have pictures of the back of my head! It’s almost like if you could read a book about the way you looked and all of a sudden you see all these pages. It’s actually made me get way more comfortable with myself.”
Luckily, her man has been her biggest supporter as she adjusts to this new life in the spotlight. The pair married this year after dating since 2017.
“Idris is also super open and loves to give me compliments on how I look. He’s been great through this whole experience and he definitely wants me to feel comfortable and stand tall,” she said. “Right before we go onto the red carpet, he’ll hold my hand and be very supportive. He always says how much he loves my lips too, and I think that’s probably why I increasingly love a red lip. When he says, ‘that looks so nice’, it makes me smile.”