Chiwetel Ejiofor Supports Gay People While Having A Girlfriend

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Supports Gay People While Having A Girlfriend

Quick Information

  • Ex-Girlfriend Sari Mercer (2007-2015), Naomie Harris (2000-2007)
  • Instagram
  • Eye Color Dark Brown
  • Hair Color Black
  • Hair Short
  • Weight 78 kg (172 pounds)
  • Height/ How Tall? 5' 10 ¼" (1.784 m)
  • Education London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art
  • College Dulwich College
  • Career 1995 - Present
  • Nominees Oscar (2014), Golden Globe (2014)
  • Awards BAFTA Film Award (2014), AACTA International Award (2014)
  • Net Worth $12 Million (Estimated)
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Gay No
  • Date of Birth Jul 10, 1977
  • Age 46 Years, 9 Months
  • Girlfriend Frances Aaternir (2016-)
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Relationship Status Dating
  • Children/Kids No
  • Sister/s Zain Asher
  • Mother Obiajulu Ejiofor
  • Father Arinze Ejiofor
  • Ethnicity/Race British-Nigerian
  • Religion Christian
  • Zodiac Sign Cancer
  • Nick Name Duracell
  • Profession Actor
  • Birth Place London
  • Nationality British, Nigerian

There are many celebrities who have supported the gay community despite being straight. Many of them are even rumored to be gay just because they supported the community. A similar case is for English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor who has been supporting the gay community and is considered one of them.

Let's find out about his sexuality.

Is Chiwetel Ejiofor Gay?

Chiwetel was rumored as gay because he supported the LGBT+ community. 

Chiwetel has struggled a lot because he belongs to the black race. But he still thinks that gay people have a harder time getting roles in Hollywood than African Americans do.

He shares how he feels that there is a lack of equality and diversity in Hollywood. He is also open about how some gay actors are forced to hide their identity and sexuality from pursuing their dreams. 

In an interview with The Times of London, Chiwetel said, 

I hope this changes (but) I think it’s probably harder to be gay,

Furthermore, he added, 

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.

From Chiwetel's point of view, everyone should know that one's sexuality does not determine one's talent and dreams.

Well, Chiwetel seems happy now that Hollywood has been promoting gay celebrities more. Not only America but many countries have been supporting the LGBT+ community people and have been promoting gay shows as well. 

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However, Chiwetel's support for the LGBT+ community doesn't mean he is also one of them. Somehow his long list of girlfriends proves that he is not gay. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Girlfriend

Chiwetel is someone who has succeeded both in his career and his dating life. If you are a fan of his, you would know that he does not lack a female partner in his life. However, he seems to be single at present. But in the past, he used to have many girlfriends. 

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Chiwetel dated many girls who especially were from modeling careers. One of them is Frances Aaternir. Chiwetel was very private about his girlfriend Frances, but their relationship became public in 2015 when they went to the premiere of The Martian

To those wondering who Frances is, she is the face of Balmain Paris Hair Couture. She is a native of Australia who was also featured in the Dannijo Spring 2016 campaign.

Even though Chiwetel did not share anything about their relationship, he was often seen with Frances in public. They even went on a basketball date to see  Toronto Raptures and New York Knicks match at the Madison Square Garden in New York City in April 2016.

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Girlfriend

Chiwetel and his girlfriend, Frances Aaternir, attend the 2018 BAFTA Awards (Photo:-

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. However, their public appearance started to decrease in 2019. It looks like the couple broke up in 2019 as Frances started dating Brook Klausing in early 2020.

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Apart from this relationship, he was also spotted flirting with Bond girl Naomi Harris. This was shocking news for everyone as, at that time, he had just broken up with his long-time girlfriend. 

Chiwetel got a lot of attention from females, but he has his full attention set on his model girlfriend, Sari Mercer. He and his girlfriend, Sari, began dating in 2007 and were having a wonderful time until they broke up after eight years. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Girlfriend

Chiwetel and his long-term girlfriend, Sari Mercer. (Photo Credit:

Everyone considered Sari as his wife because of their long relationship. Their split was devastating news for their fans. According to The Sun, their close source said,

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 and Sari didn't comment about their breakup and focused on their careers. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Career

Chiwetel was born on 10th July 1997 in Forest Gate, London, to a doctor father, Arinze, and a pharmacist mother, Obiajulu. He has two sisters, one of them is a CNN correspondent, and another is a GP doctor. 

Chiwetel's first television debut was in Deadly Voyage in 1996. Since his debut, he has worked in numerous movies and series, which made him able to win over the hearts of many people. After that, however, he got more famous and appreciated for his performance in 12 Years A Slave. 

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With his hard work and dedication, he has won many reputable awards. 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 film in the same year. The number of awards he got from the movie shows how much he has dedicated his life to acting. 

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Even after getting so much fame, Chiwetel showed the same behavior as before, showing how much of a down-to-earth person. In an interview, he once said, 

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 about 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.

Chiwetel is someone who has earned the respect of many people around the globe. Apart from being an actor, he has also stepped his foot into directing a movie. 

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Directorial Debut

Chiwetel, age 44,  began his directorial career in 2019 with the movie The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The movie is from a book written by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba.

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The book was published in 2010 and showed the journey of a 13-years-old boy, William, from the famine-ridden Malawi. The protagonist discovers books from 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, he is the movie's director. 

The movie was released on 1st March 2019 on Netflix. Chiwetel's first-ever directorial work earned a fair review. Even 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... 

The actor with a net worth of $16 million is still working hard and will be seen more on the big screen. We hope the actor soon finds someone he can call his wife and settle down. 

Stay tuned for more updates on Chiwetel Ejiofor.