Idris Elba "controls energy" by avoiding negative comments.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

The 'Luther' star refuses to read people's comments about him as he knows he can be "really affected by other people's opinions" and just wants to keep a "balance" in life.

He said: "I don't read stuff about myself, because you can be really affected by other people's opinions. Some can be really mean and it can break your day up and I just prefer not to let that energy in. I'm 46 and I've been through pretty much every scenario any human could go through. People go through s**t and people go through great times and that's a circular thing. There are some things in my life that I wish were better and some things that I'm happy with, so right now I'm in balance. For me, it's about controlling energy. If you've got someone who has an energy that doesn't really chime with yours, I'm the kind of guy to veer the other way, not confront it."

And the 46-year-old actor - who is engaged to Sabrina Dhowre - isn't religious but he is a "spiritual person" and likes to be able to "lead" by example.

He added to The Sunday Times magazine: "I'm not a religious person and I don't have a particular entry point or mantra, but I would say I'm a spiritual person, particularly about people. I just lead by example."

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