Confused British-born influencer Oli London has been the recipient of numerous expensive plastic surgeries in an attempt to look like his K-Pop idol, Jimin of BTS and he now identifies as nonbinary and Korean.
He shared a video on YouTube over the weekend attempting to justify his reasoning for the transformation. London says that he feels more connected to Korean culture now that he is remaking himself in the image of Jimin.
“I am gonna come out today and say that I’ve been transitioning,” claimed London in the video. “I’ve been very unhappy with who I am deep down for the last eight years and I’ve had, like, 18 plastic surgeries now… I’ve just had a facelift, a brow lift, a temple lift, an eye surgery—a canthoplasty—and my teeth done as well. These are just part of my transition. I’m feeling really good—for the first time in my life I feel beautiful. I’m looking in the mirror and I love the way I look and feel happy, and I hope people can respect my decision.”
“It’s a very tough decision to come out this way, but I am coming out as nonbinary,” he continued. “I don’t feel I identify as male or female. I just feel like I’m just in the middle and my pronouns are they/them, Korean/Jimin… I know a lot of people don’t understand me, but I do identify as Korean, and I do look Korean now. I do feel Korean. I don’t identify as British, so please don’t… refer to me as British, because I identify as Korean.”
(Video Credit: Oli London)
“That’s just my culture, that’s my home country. That’s exactly how I look now, and I also identify as Jimin — that’s my Korean name… I know it’s a little bit confusing for some people. Nobody’s ever come out as Jimin or Korean, but this is something that you guys know if you’ve followed my journey for the last eight years. I’ve really struggled with identity issues, with who I am… It’s a very tough one, So I’ve finally had the courage. I’ve undergone my racial — I can’t think of the word—transitional surgery. I’ve transitioned to a non-binary person—they/them, Korean/Jimin and I finally have the Korean look, so I’m actually really happy,” London declared.
“I’m not actually changing my race,” he stated in a 2019 interview with Barcroft TV. “I have a deep respect for Korean culture. It’s cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation.”
London first came to fame in 2018 when he made headlines after spending over $100,000 on cosmetic surgery so he could look like Jimin. It is believed that he has doubled that amount now in his plastic surgery goals.
The influencer has gone all-in on becoming Korean. In June, he posted a modified South Korean flag with rainbow stripes on Twitter writing: “This is my new official flag for being a non-binary person who identifies as Korean. Thank you for the overwhelming support it was so hard for me to come out as Them/they/kor/ean.”
So sad how so many comments are being homophobic and non-binary phobic. This is actually the official LGBTQI+ flag of South Korea…GOOGLE IT. Anyone that puts a negative comment is anti-LGBT and anti-equality. So sad in 2021 people will judge others on how they identify! 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/lSyOomE5Tg
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) June 19, 2021
His new moniker is “Park Jimin HueningKai Taeyong Imnida.” He decided to declare his new identity during Pride Month.
London told the Daily Mail: “It is sad during Pride Month, a month that celebrates diversity, equality, and love that WOKE people would use my coming out and sharing my non-binary Korean identity— something that took me many years to understand and accept and took me enormous courage to share with the world—and use it as a platform to bully, degrade and dehumanise me and the LGBT community.”
He added: “While I recognise that a lot of people don’t understand how I identify, and may find it unusual—being Korean and feeling Korean is part of who I am and how I feel. And I will never allow a single woke person, bully or troll to take that away from me. I have gone through extreme lifestyle changes to become who I am today and have lived in Korea, I eat Korean food everyday, use Korean skincare, have plastic surgery to look Korean and I speak the Korean language—all of this shapes me as a person and my identify as a non-binary Korean person.”
London even married a cardboard cut-out of Jimin in a ceremony officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator in Las Vegas.
“It was such an emotional ceremony. I felt very emotional,” London remarked after the January 2020 event. “Jimin is my idol. I’ve spent a lot of money on surgery to look like him, and now I’ve actually married him.”
London was criticized via Twitter for his makeover and his strange aberrations:
🤣🤣🤣🤣 this keeps getting interesting. We will wake up one day where people will start identifying as animals and will fight landlords because animals don’t pay rent🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Dr. Hard Guy ➐ (@Eslawal) June 27, 2021
all the people saying this guy has a “mental disorder” will be saying he is “so brave” in 2-3 years. 🤣 just keep changing narratives, and opinions on what is morally acceptable. regardless, this is extremely bizzare.
— t.baby🦇⚡️🛹 (@ihatetwiggi) June 27, 2021
It’s all cool if you’re coming out as LGBT in one way or another, but to fuse that with ethnicity and just change your appearance to look like another ethnic groups is just… no.
— Tsunamix (@TsunamixEDM) June 28, 2021
That kid at school who pulls their eyes and says “Look I’m Chinese”
— Brittany “Bimbo” Venti (@BrittanyVenti) June 27, 2021
but why is no one helping him to find a therapist for him-
he really needs help.
— coups dreamer (@cass_svt) June 27, 2021
YOU ARE NOT KOREAN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLS STOP THIS pic.twitter.com/bRVqNlur38
— multifandom no drama (@Multifandom_125) June 27, 2021
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