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Oli London has come out as non-binary Korean – despite having no connection to the country.
The Instagram influencer's announcement angered those on social media, who slammed the British star for identifying as Korean – which they said they did to help Koreans "feel confident enough" to express themselves and be who they are.
Oli came under sharp criticism after announcing they "identify as Korean" after having multiple surgeries to look like BTS star Jimin.
"I just want to set the record STRAIGHT … It’s Pride Month and I have always struggled with identity issues and been confused about who I am as a person," they said in a post on Instagram.
Oli recently came out as 'non-binary Korean'
"I took the difficult and brave decision to come out as Non-Binary and Korean to help millions of other LGBTQI+ young people around the world, Kpop fans and the Korean people feel confident enough to be able to feel no fear to be able to express themselves and how they identify."
Oli believes that coming out as Korean and non-binary will help those who feel "voiceless" in South Korea and are "ostracised from society" because of their sexuality.
But their decision angered people online, who slammed them for identifying as Korean
Defending their decision, they wrote: "In South Korea, there are millions of unrepresented LGBTQI+ people who are voiceless and who often face being ostracised from society and sometimes even being rejected by their own families, for being LGBTQI+.
"Being a member of the LGBT community in Korea, like in much of the world, is often met with hardships and rejection due to traditional and conservative viewpoints.
"I wanted to be a beacon of light for these brave people and tell them it’s okay to express themselves and it’s okay to come out to the world with however you identify."
Oli defended their decision, saying they were providing support for LGBTQ+ people in South Korea
And Oli went on to urge people not to "outcast" them from society or "dehumanise and shame" them.
"Yes I identify as Korean. Yes I’m non-binary. Yes I look like Jimin. But none of this should be a reason to outcast me from society, to dehumanise me and shame me for being who I am, a non-binary Korean person," they shared.
"I will never stop being the person I was born to be!"
However, in the comments under their post, they were flooded with critics, who hit out of them for identifying as Korean.
"You can't just feel Korean," one wrote.
Another added: "I'm 100% supportive for your coming out. But you cannot become korean oli."
A third fumed: "You cannot ‘come out’ as Korean."