Ready To Get Married? Chiwetel Ejiofor Comes Out With Girlfriend Publicly; Relates Gay People On Lack Of Diversity
Quick Fact Check
- Date of Birth 1977-07-10
- Age 42 Years 4 Month(s)
- Nationality British, Nigerian
- Birth Place London
- Profession Actor
- Nick Name Duracell
- Zodiac Sign Cancer
- Religion Christian
- Ethnicity/Race British-Nigerian
- Father Arinze Ejiofor
- Mother Obiajulu Ejiofor
- Sister/s Zain Asher
- Children/Kids No
- Relationship Status Dating
- Divorce/Split Not Yet
- Girlfriend Frances Aaternir (2016-)
- Ex-Girlfriend Sari Mercer (2007-2015), Naomie Harris (2000-2007)
- Gay No
- Dating/Affair No
- Net Worth $12 Million (Estimated)
- Awards BAFTA Film Award (2014), AACTA International Award (2014)
- Nominees Oscar (2014), Golden Globe (2014)
- Career 1995 - Present
- College Dulwich College
- Education London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art
- Height/ How Tall? 5' 10 ¼" (1.784 m)
- Weight 78 kg (172 pounds)
- Hair Short
- Hair Color Black
- Eye Color Dark Brown
- Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chiwetel_ejiofor/
English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is a name that is known by many and needs no introduction as he has made quite the name for himself professionally. But fans of him would also like to know what goes around in his personal life.
Most of his fans know the fact that he does not lack female presence in his life, but many still wonder, is he getting married and ready to share a husband and wife relationship soon enough?
No Wife? Chiwetel Ejiofor's Ends It With Girlfriend Of 8 Years
Chiwetel Ejiofor is someone who has not been a flop; be it in the film industry or his dating life.
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Talented and famous as Ejiofor is liked by many and is bound to get the right amount of female attention. But he had his attention fully set on his model girlfriend Sari Mercer, who he began dating since 2007, before their eventual breakup eight years later.
Sari Mercer and Ejiofor were once in a relationship (Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk)
The 12 Years A Slave actor and his once wife prospect Sari's decade-long tumultuous relationship saw the pair get engaged in an on-and-off romance. Following their breakup, a close source to the pair spoke to The Sun. The stated insider confirmed the gossip of their split by saying:-
"It's sad but the relationship came to a natural end. Sari was always such a big part of his life so it was definitely a big surprise to hear they had separated."
Chiwetel had taken very little time to move on from the breakup. As soon as the rumors of the fallout had hit the news, he was already spotted flirting with Bond girl Naomi Harris. And a year after the story of his breakup from Sari had first broken, he was by courtside with another model.
Is Chiwetel & His Model Girlfriend All Set To Getting Married?
Moving on from one model to another, Chiwetel may have finally found what he has been looking for all these years.
Having not being open about their relationship from the get-go, the pair of Ejiofor and Frances Aaternir, who happens to be a model by profession were famously spotted out on a basketball match date where they went to see Toronto Raptures play the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 2016.
Ever since getting along, he and his model girlfriend's relationship has gone from strength. From gracing the red carpet as a dashing couple to attending the concerts together, the lovebirds seemed to appear the happiest in each other's company.
Chiwetel and his longterm girlfriend, Frances Aaternir attend the 2018 BAFTA Awards (Photo:- popsugar.com)
To those wondering who Frances is, she's the face of Balmain Paris Hair Couture. A native of Australia, the 27-year-old was also featured on the Dannijo Spring 2016 campaign.
Now that people know that the two are in a committed relationship, the question is what next for the two now?
Are they getting married and what are their thoughts on it? Well thus far, no major revelation has come forth from either the two and that keeps their fans on the edge of their seats, and any further news of their marriage shall excite the fans thoroughly.
On Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity: "...harder to be gay."
Oscar nominee Ejiofor once said that LGBT people have a harder time getting roles in Hollywood than African Americans do.
That shows how he feels the equality and diversity are lacking in the Hollywood scene. Also, he has been open about how gay actors are made to hide their identity and sexuality from pursuing their dreams.
He also added,
“I hope this changes (but) I think it’s probably harder to be gay,”
Furthermore, he described his thoughts in such words,
“I think sexuality is still marginalised in a way that is pretty open. I think it’s tough. I think for one’s own peace of mind, for one’s own sense of self and psychological health, I feel like that’s the horrible thing about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’... Because it produces a sense of shame, and therefore this sense of being ‘less than’, you know? And I hate that. I hate that for anybody.”
Well everyone should know the fact that sexuality does not determine one's talents and dreams.
One Time Oscar Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor's Illustrious Awards-Ladened Career
Someone who has been able to win over the hearts of many people around the globe surely must have won some awards and received some accolades too. That is the case with Ejiofor as well as he has won several awards throughout his career.
He has been nominated for quite a few awards and has successfully bagged awards for Best Leading Actor in BAFTA Film Award in 2014 for his movie 12 Years A Slave.
Also, he has won the AACTA International Award for best actor for the same movie in the same year. That shows that he has the awards to show his dedication.
Moreover, his interviews are something which shall give you an insight into how much of a down to earth person he is. He once said in an interview,
"As a child, I was just never that interested in the lives of my favorite actors, like Cary Grant. I do wonder whether knowing too much about someone’s personal life interrupts an audience’s ability to suspend disbelief, to really invest in the characters. My preference would always be that people engage with the work."
He also has been vocal on Police, the ‘Corrupt System,’ and Hollywood’s Diversity Crisis. In an interview, he elaborated his concerns in such words,
“They’re very ethically corrupt, obviously as police officers and also as ex-military—the system is upside down and they’re just trying to survive it, in a way,” he said, mulling Triple 9’s motley crew of morally compromised characters. “They’re trying to negotiate a broken universe.”
Love or hate, you cannot debate that he is someone who has earned the respect of many people around the globe!
Directorial Debut Wins Rave Reviews
It's that respect which convinced writers Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba to sell off the movie rights for their book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to Chiwetel.
The book, published in 2010, chronicles the journey of a 14-year-old William from the famine-ridden Malawi as he discovers books at the local library which inspires him to build windmills and eventually electricity to pump water. He would go on to give a TED talk and even graduate from Dartmouth College after graduating from college.
In the movie, Chiwetel portrays the role of William's struggling father. Behind the screen, the film marks his directorial debut.
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Released exclusively on Netflix on 1st March 2019, his first ever directorial work on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind's has generally earned fair review so far. Lauding his growth, The Wrap's very own Elizabeth Weitzman wrote:-
"Exhibiting a dexterity that suggests far more extensive directorial experience, Ejiofor proves himself a master of impact. His visual approach is expansive and evocative... "
Besides his impressive acting catalog, Bryan and William got convinced that Chiwetel would do the script the justice upon learning about his African roots. As a child growing up, the 12 Years A Slave actor used to frequent his parents' native in Nigeria from London.