Idris Elba is officially PEOPLE's 'sexiest man alive' for 2018
People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' award has been running for over thirty years, and it's only got more attention in recent years. The first recipient of the prestigious award was Mel Gibson back in 1985, with more recent winners being Chris Hemsworth in 2014, David Beckham in 2015, and Dwayne Johnson in 2016.
Last year, there was some minor outrage and disbelief expressed online when country music singer Blake Shelton was the number one pick for 2017. Rest assured, there were some pretty savage takedowns when the decision went public.
There were some who didn't understand the backlash, however.
But now it's been a year, so it's time for the torch to be passed on. "I feel like sexy ends when I'm not 'Sexiest Man Alive' anymore," Shelton told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Monday. "I don't feel like it exists anymore, I feel like it's over. I wish whoever it is luck."
Well, for those of you who were wondering why Shelton got picked over him last year, you might be pleased to hear that Idris Elba has now been named as the sexiest man alive.
The news comes at a high point in the actor's career. Not only is he spending his time designing his own clothing line, DJing across the world, kickboxing and acting - but he's directed his first movie as well. 'Yardie' was released in August this year, and it wasn't the only big event for Elba - as he proposed to his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre in February this year. When PEOPLE asked the actor what the happiest moment in his life was, he confirmed that it was the birth of his children.
"Being witness to the birth of my children is the biggest and best thing ever [16-year-old daughter, Isan, and 4-year-old son, Winston]," he said, before detailing what kind of father he is. "I’m super doting, big hugs, kisses, lots of love-yous," he explained. I’m sure my daughter’s like, ‘All right Dad, chill out.’ My son is still at that age where he loves a cuddle."
The 46-year-old is the 33rd man to receive this award, announced on Monday's edition of The Tonight Show. While he was completely surprised to be the recipient this year, he did say it gave him a nice "ego boost":
"I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’
"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. It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure."
However sexy Idris is today, he never thought of himself as close to it - especially during school. "I was very tall and skinny, and my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit," he said. "But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers."
It's good to know that any awkward skinny dude who's picked on at school can grow up to be the sexiest man alive - maybe there's still a chance for the rest of us??