Idris Elba says he’s been in therapy for a year due to ‘unhealthy habits’: ‘It’s a lot’

Idris Elba has turned to the help of therapy to help him break an “unhealthy habit” that’s been weighing heavy on his lifestyle.

Appearing on the “Changes with Annie Macmanus” podcast, the British actor, 51, revealed that he sought out therapy this time last year.

“It’s a lot,” he said. “In my therapy, I’ve been thinking a lot about changing, almost to the point of neuropaths [sic] being changed and shifting.”

“It’s not because I don’t like myself or anything like that, it’s just because I have some unhealthy habits that have really formed. And I work in an industry that I’m rewarded for those unhealthy habits.”

The self-described “workaholic” said his love for staying busy with projects has had a negative impact on his wellbeing.


The British actor, 51, revealed that he sought out therapy about a year ago.
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“Nothing that’s too extreme is good, everything needs balance, but I’m rewarded massively to be a workaholic [compared] to someone that’s like ‘Eh, I’m not going to see my family for six months’ and I’m in there grinding and making a new family and leave them,” he shared.

“Those are pathways that I had to be like, ‘I’ve got to adjust.’”


Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long walk to Freedom."
The self-described “workaholic” said his love for staying busy with projects has had a negative impact on his wellbeing.
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“So I’ve been thinking about this a lot and oddly enough a lot of our childhood is really at the root of it,” the “Luther” actor added.

Elba, who is one of the stars gracing the Pirelli 2024 Calendar, said he “definitely wants to” find activities that help him to unwind, but admitted that the catch-22 is that he finds work relaxing.


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“The thing is, the things that make me relaxed end up being work,” he explained. “My studio in my house, I just love being in here.”

“I’ll open that laptop and be like ‘I don’t know what to make today’ and it’ll come out like this or that. And I’m exhilarated by that and also so relaxed by it.”

“I could work 10 days on a film, underwater sequences holding my breath for six minutes, and come back and sit in [his studio] and [feel relaxed], more so than sitting on the sofa with the family — which is bad right? This is the part where I’ve got to normalize what makes me relaxed, it can’t be all work,” he added.