Influencer Oli London has issued a public apology to BTS’ Jimin after he underwent 32 cosmetic operations in order to appear as the singer.
On August 29, London uploaded a new YouTube video to their channel called “APOLOGY VIDEO My Apology to Jimin and the Asian Community”. The social media personality has come under fire for identifying as Korean, transracial, meaning she identifies as a different race to her biological ancestry.
They apologized for “trying to become another person” and that “I was wrong for trying to emulate Jimin in such an obsessive way. I now realize that was the wrong thing to do. “.
They believe that being bullied as a teenager made them feel lonely and lowered their self-esteem, causing them to suffer from an identity crisis.
“It was a big factor for me having surgery, being unhappy, channeling my love to Jimin,” London explained. “I really tried to model myself on this person, because I thought it would make me happy.”
London revealed that they recently got married which made them “grow as a person”.
“I can’t be another person. I just need to love myself. I started to really love myself,” they added.
Along with apologizing to Jimin, they also wanted to apologize to “any member of the Asian community who has ever misunderstood or misinterpreted me or thought I was maybe a little too obsessed with Jimin.” .
However, they clarified that they still identify as Korean and “that will never change.” London also announced that they would be released as non-binary.
“My pronouns are they/them, Korean and Jimin,” they continued. “I know a lot of people don’t understand me, but I identify as Korean. … I don’t identify as British.
“I struggle with identity issues…but I conquer these demons. I work hard. It’s not easy, but I try my best,” he concluded.