'I've been ugly my whole life, ' Shelton, 43, said in a statement previous year.
So what did Elba think when he first heard about his latest title?
'But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block.
He has two children, and proposed to his model fiancee Sabrina Dhowre, 29, in February.More news: Farrell could yet be punished for controversial tackle
Perhaps it's because Idris Elba has always been considered one of the most handsome actors in the world, while last year's victor Blake Shelton is known more as that joking, good-old-boy country singer who spars with Adam Levine on "The Voice". "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers." he told People magazine. But picking the happiest moment of his life is easy.
He is now filming "Hobbs and Shaw", the spinoff for "The Fate of the Furious" which focuses on Dwayne Johnson's character Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham. "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 Hollywood hunk is brimming with confidence but he also feels it is important to stay "humble and grounded". To make a connection, Elba said he's learned the importance of "eye contact and empathy". You know, sort of reading someone's vibe.
No doubt the talented thespian - who has been considered to portray 007 James Bond - owes plenty of his success to living with as few regrets as possible. "You might as well do it to your heart's content". The phrase "Sexiest Man Alive" was trending following the announcement.