In the recent issue of GQ, which Idris covers, he made the revelation while being asked about his kids. He currently has a daughter with his ex-wife Kim Elba, however a few years ago, he told media that he had a son as well and later denied the son ever existed in an interview with Essence, which left everyone confused.
At the time, he was dating a woman (Desiree Newberry), and they lived together for a few years before she became pregnant. She eventually gave birth to a baby boy, which would have been Idris’ first son, and it was one of the happiest moments in his life.
“The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive.” He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestion—not from the child’s mother, but from elsewhere—that not everything was what it appeared to be.
“It wasn’t immediately obvious—well, it was, because he didn’t look like me,” Elba says. “But it wasn’t immediately obvious what had gone down.”
The woman eventually took a paternity test and it revealed that the child was not his.
To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly, was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.
You know, the truth is—like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.” He looks directly at me when he says this. “But I wasn’t knocked out. I stood right the f–k back up, and I ain’t aiming to take another punch in the face ever again.
Do you understand what I’m saying? It happened to me. I moved on. I’ve not been an angel in my life, either—do you know what I’m saying? So to a certain extent, what goes around comes around. But for me in the future, I’m about being comfortable. That’s it.