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It's a boy: Idris Elba announces birth of son

Idris Elba and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed their son, Winston Elba, on Thursday.
Idris Elba and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed their son, Winston Elba, on Thursday.
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Actor Idris Elba is all smiles because he is now the proud father of a baby boy. Elba made the special announcement via Twitter and shared the news with his over one million followers.

In an emotional post, Elba stated, "My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :-)." He included a precious photo of his little one's tiny hand grasping his finger. Elba, 41, and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed their son, Winston Elba, on Thursday.

The Golden Globe winning actor went public with his relationship with Garth last November, and pregnancy talk soon followed. The joyous occasion was unlike the news he received in 2010 when he welcomed a child he thought was his son, but through a paternity test he later found out that he wasn't the child's father.

Elba also has an 11 year-old daughter from his marriage to Liberian actress Dormowa Sherman. He told Britain's Now Magazine that when he was struggling to find work as an actor and ended up sleeping in his car while he attempted to land an acting job, the marriage began to fall apart.

"I was going through a really tough time some years ago. I couldn't get an acting job and my marriage was in a horrible place, so I ended up homeless. I slept rough in my brown Chevrolet Astro van for eight weeks."

Today Elba is a successful DJ, actor, and producer with several Golden Globe nominations, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor for Luther in 2012. He was named Essence Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year in 2013 and ranked second in People's annual Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.

Elba's girlfriend Naiyana Garth is a talented freelance hair and make-up artist. Her work can be seen in publications such as Esquire, More Magazine, and Vogue.