Idris Elba’s Daughter Isan Opens Up About Mother’s Mental Health Battle
Idris Elba's daughter, Isan Elba, is using her platform to talk about mental health.
The 2019 Golden Globes Ambassador attended a luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Thursday, during which she opened up about why the issue is so important to her. She revealed during the event that her mother, Hanne "Kim" Norgaard, has been battling mental illness.
"It was only about two years ago that my mom opened up to me," Isan, 17, told People during the luncheon. "I'm not going to lie, it's a struggle every day. It's a learning lesson for me, but it's hard. Mental health is something that's hard to deal with. We just sat down and talked about it, and I think that was better for her, talking about it and talking about it with someone who means the most in her life and just getting that out."
Norgaard is dealing with several mental health conditions, including bipolar depression, depression and chronic anxiety.
"It was like, 'Woah,'" Isan said of learning what her mother was dealing with. "It was definitely a learning curve. I'm so much closer to my mom now because I know what she's going through."
Idris, 46, and Norgaard were married from 1999 to 2003. He's now engaged to fiancee Sabrina Dhowre.