“You know, I’m 47 this year, been married and lived a full life before I even met Sabrina,” Elba said in the couple’s July 2019 cover story for British Vogue. “It wasn’t something that I wanted to do, get married again. But …”
The Golden Globe winner, who was previously married to Hanne “Kim” Nørgaard from 1999 to 2003 and Sonya Nicole Hamlin briefly in 2006, first bumped into Dhowre at a jazz bar in Vancouver, Canada, in 2017 while he was in town to film The Mountain Between Us.
“We’ve been literally inseparable since we met,” he told the magazine, calling it “love at first sight.”
Not long after their first encounter, the former Miss Vancouver grew close with Elba’s blended family. “Sabrina has deepened friendships with people I’ve known longer than [her], nurturing the best side of me to make me connect to my friends more,” he explained.
By February 2018, the actor and Dhowre were engaged. They exchanged vows during a three-day ceremony at the Ksar Char-Bagh Hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, this April, choosing the location because it was in between east and west Africa, where Elba and Dhowre’s families, respectively, are from.
The model wore two custom Vera Wang gowns at the wedding, while Elba sported a Ozwald Boateng suit. A month later, they walked the red carpet together at the 2019 Met Gala.
The DJ shares daughter Isan, 17, with Nørgaard and son Winston, 5, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba attend the UK premiere of "Yardie" at BFI Southbank on August 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attend The 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on November 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Idris Elba (L) and Sabrina Dhowre pose in the winner's room at The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards at The Roundhouse on October 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Idris Elba and Sabrina Elba attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2019 in New York, USA. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/PA Images via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Idris Elba (R) and Sabrina Dhowre attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/03/27: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre attend the National Film Awards 2019 at Porchester Hall in London. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba attend the launch party of new bar The Parrot at The Waldorf Hilton hosted by Idris Elba on November 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba pose backstage at the Roland Mouret show during London Fashion Week February 2019 at The National Theatre on February 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22: Idris Elba (R) and Sabrina Dhowre (L) attend the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019/20 on February 22, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Idris Elba, Isan Elba, Sabrina Dhowre arrives at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awardsat The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba attend the launch of new book "Provoke, Attract, Seduce" by Roland Mouret on December 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)