Idris Elba and Sonya Hamlin

Idris Elba and Sonya Hamlin

*Idris Elba’s second wife, who he was married to briefly in 2006, claims he divorced her for the sake of his budding career, according to the Daily Mail.

“People were telling him he was going to ruin his career,” said Sonya Hamlin, who was married to the actor for just a few weeks before they split. “He was being told it was an important part of his image to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood and being married would damage that.

“It was very sad. Idris and I were madly in love, but he was getting a lot of flak for being married. Everyone was like, ‘Dude, you’re the hottest sex symbol! It wasn’t the right look’ – that’s what they were telling him. I wanted to save the marriage.”

Elba recently split from Naiyana Garth, the mother of his two-year-old son. He was also married to make-up artist Hanne Norgaard from 1999 to 2003.

“I’d be happy for him if he got married again, and [if] he genuinely loved that person,” Hamlin told the Mail. “I’m not a jealous person. I want him to be happy, just like I’m sure he wants me to be happy. I don’t think he’s ever going to have a problem being lonely.”