But according to the singer, the feeling was not mutual.
“When Idris and I were working on that song, Idris was actually crushing on me,” Stone shared with BET, regarding her work with Elba on the video for “I Wanna Thank You.”
“The sad part about it is I wasn’t checking for him like that. And he was like, you know, we were very good friends, we had the same accountant, same manager, and for a very long time, he made it very public that he was in love with Angie Stone.”
If that were the case, then why would Stone turn down a chance to be attached to one of the hottest guys around?
“I had already been with D’Angelo,” she said, referencing her famous ex, whom she dated and has a son by. “I didn’t know what to do with these good looking guys digging Angie Stone.”
Despite her ultimately taking a pass on Elba, Stone confessed that a romance almost came to pass in a moment of weakness for her.
“There is one weak moment that I had because I have a thing for beautiful teeth. And he came to the door, and I opened the door, and he was twirling this toothpick around in his teeth. And I fell on the side of the door like, ‘OK, what’s happening to me?’” she said. But, she added, she just couldn’t take that leap. She says she remembers thinking at the time, “I will never date Idris, because he’s like my brother.”
So looking back, what does Stone think about what could’ve been?
“Do I regret it?,” she stated. “Absolutely.”