People Magazine has announced woofy Idris Elba as the 2018 ‘Sexiest Man Alive!’
The UK heartthrob, who’s already been honored with the title of Order of the British Empire, was stunned when he heard the news.
“Come on, no way. Really?,” was the 46-year-old’s reaction. Elba followed that with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor, “Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’”
“But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling,” he clarified. “It was a nice surprise – an ego boost for sure.”
Who'd have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. Don't forget to grab your issue this week https://t.co/WI7eWfXOPB. I'm honoured & thankful. What’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference! pic.twitter.com/TBQapjxJsT
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 6, 2018
Elba becomes the 33rd ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ since People began the tradition back in 1985 with Oscar winner Mel Gibson.
Last year’s honoree was Blake Shelton, and in 2016 it was Elba’s soon-to-be Hobbs and Shaw co-star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
But according to the former star of HBO’s The Wire, his early years might not have foretold his hunky future.
“I was very tall and skinny,” says Elba. “And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”
He certainly outgrew that awkward phase in awesome style.
A father of two, Elba says the birth of his children was “the biggest and best thing ever.” The dashing dad admits, “I’m super doting, big hugs, kisses, lots of love-you.”
Runners up for this year’s ‘SMA’ include:
• Swoon-worthy Prince Harry
• Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians)
• Dreamy Chris Pine
• Sexy super-hero Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)
• Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes
• Newly-minted action hero John Kraskinski
• Hasan Minhaj (Netflix’s Patriot Act
• Noah Centineo (dubbed ‘Sexiest Rising Star’)
• A Star is Born stud Bradley Cooper
• Thomas Rhett (clinching the title of ‘Sexiest Country Star’)
What do you think readers? Did People get it right?
If not, who do you think is this year’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive?’
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