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Jimin of BTS attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 01, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a disturbing turn of events, a British influencer who went by the name of Oli London not only changed their name to Jimin, but underwent numerous surgeries to look like the BTS singer of the same name.

“I do identify as Korean. I do look Korean now, I do feel Korean,” they said in a video shared with gossip web site TMZ. “I don’t identify as British, so please don’t refer to me — any media or online as British because I identify as Korean. 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.”

London, who came out as non-binary in the video, explained their pronouns are: “they/them/Korean/Jimin.” They explained that they felt “trapped” in the wrong body but can finally “be myself” after their “racial transitional surgery.” The process is said to have involved 18 surgeries and cost $150,000 over eight years.

“I just want to take a brave step to do this, because I’m sure there’s many other young people out there who do identify as Korean, or maybe as Japanese, and they don’t have the strength or courage or they don’t know the words how to express this,” the influencer said. “It’s a very, very tough thing and I don’t want to receive any backlash for this because this is a very personal thing to share.”

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Jimin — the influencer, not the singer — said in a video shared by the gossip site, “I do equate it to the same as being Transexual because you are born in the wrong body. I feel like I was born in the wrong body. I should’ve been Jimin in a different life.”

The influencer has since faced the backlash they stated they didn’t want to receive, getting hateful comments from people telling them to commit suicide and threats to be gunned down. Interestingly enough, the influencer claims most of the attacks are coming from “extreme radical left” white people, while Republicans and people struggling with identity issues have been largely supportive (he didn’t cite specific examples from either idealogical side, however).

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