Idris Elba insists becoming famous has ruined his love life and he misses the days before he shot to fame when he was more accessible to women.
Idris Elba claims fame has ruined his love life.
The 'Pacific Rim' actor - who has 11-year-old daughter, Isan, with his ex-wife Dormowa Sherman - admits the only women who approach him nowadays are autograph-hunters, and he misses the days before he was famous when he was more accessible to females.
He said: ''Look, you probably think I'm s***ging all the time. But there's no way.
''They're all my fans. I miss the days when me and my boys could go to a barbecue, and go, 'Who's that shorty [girl] over there?' ''
Despite insisting fame has disrupted his ability to get close to women, the 41-year-old star is thankful for his ''great career'' but wouldn't mind if he never worked again should his upcoming film 'Long Walk to Freedom' - in which he plays former South African President Nelson Mandela - be classed as a flop.
He added to Esquire magazine: ''People are going to judge me for this role. I don't look like Mandela, some say I don't deserve it. Whatever.
''For me, it's important I am who I am, as I present this piece to the world. I'm 40 and I've had a great career. I'm alright to be myself at this point. Look, if I never work again, I don't care. I did my bit, you know?''
Last month, Idris revealed he was left devastated when he found out his ex-girlfriend, Desiree Newberry's, baby son Otenga was not his following a paternity test.