Some pieces of celebrity news inspire a mix of joy and sadness in fans. The news that handsome leading man Idris Elba is officially off the market is one of those stories. Elba proposed on February 10 in London. While many celebrated the happy news that Elba and Sabrina Dhowre are engaged, some couldn’t help but feel it as a blow. As Elle put it, Twitter was officially in mourning over the news.
The engagement came as something of a surprise since the twice-divorced actor had previously said that he would not marry again. Given this, Dhowre must be something special. The 29-year-old model is an American of Somali descent. A former beauty queen, she was crowned Miss Vancouver in 2014. One thing is for sure: Dhowre and Elba make a very attractive couple.
The gorgeous pair was first spotted together just a few weeks after Elba made his statement about not marrying again. According to sources, the couple has been dating since last March. Their first public appearance as a couple was at the premiere party for Molly’s Game at the Toronto International Film Festival. Since then, Elba has made regular appearances on Dhowre’s Snapchat account.
The proposal took place at a screening of Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, at the Rio Cinema in London. The morning proposal may not have had all the trappings of a super romantic proposal, but Elba did do the traditional down-on-one-knee ask and made plenty of fans in the audience swoon. Many of these fans even got the proposal on camera and shared videos and pictures of the event on social media. Videos show the crowd going wild while Dhowre has a visceral emotional reaction. The couple embraces and she accepts, much to Elba’s relief.
No news yet on their wedding plans but we’ll be paying attention! We’ll also be eagerly awaiting some of Elba’s upcoming projects, including the long-awaited return of Luther and the upcoming comedy series In the Long Run that Elba will both executive produce and star in as well as having writing credits.