Oli London regrets having gone under the knife 32 times in 10 years.
Few people have undergone more elective cosmetic surgeries than the 33-year-old British influencer, who did so in his attempt to first identify as a South Korean pop star and later as a transgender Korean woman.
He’s long been controversial in the UK, garnering widespread criticism after he began publicly identifying as “transracial” in 2021. While identifying as a woman, he said, he married a man.
Now London has officially de-transitioned, shed his husband, and is identifying as the biological man he was at birth. With his new book, “Gender Madness: One Man’s Devastating Struggle with Woke Ideology and His Battle to Protect,” He’s on a crusade to stop young people from doing what he says he did: mutilating himself on the outside in the hope of getting praise on social media and feeling better on the inside.
“I was in that headspace where I was so determined to get a certain look and to go through these surgeries that I didn’t care if I died, and that was a very bad mentality to have,” London told The Post in an interview from the Venice Film Festival.
“Then I just came to the point where I realized I’d always be happy for maybe three months after my surgeries and then I’d go back to the same mindset again. I decided I better step back and look at what I was doing — and also how I was influencing others on TikTok and Instagram.”
London, who has more than 2 million followers across social media, blames American culture for forcing gender ideology on society and kids in particular. He also says that people are being encouraged to idolize soft, weak men, citing singer Harry Styles and failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke as examples.
His book details an addiction to surgeries that began when he was 22, cost him more than $200,000 and took him as far afield as Armenia when UK doctors refused his requests for endless operations.
He’s since “seen the light” and become a Christian as well.
But London says his self-loathing and compulsion to undergo surgeries to change himself began in childhood, when he was bullied both at school, for being an effeminate boy, and at home.
Despite his bizarre past, London spoke very glibly and sounded very rational and down-to-earth in a Zoom interview.
I had a very bad relationship with my father,” London said. ” He was very emotionally abusive. I was always more feminine. He wanted me to basically be like him, like a clone. He wanted me to be masculine. He tried to take me camping and hiking … and I just didn’t want anything to do with him. I wanted to remove myself from any kind of semblance of my father. I didn’t want to look like him. I didn’t want to act like him. I wanted to be like my mother.”
The book opens with a chapter called “Hospital of Horrors” and describes London’s trip to Yerevan, Armenia, in April 2018, one of the few places where, as a man, he could locate a plastic surgeon who would agree to his request to have a breast reduction, areola reduction and yet another nose job.
He was nervous about how little he knew about his surgeon, the language barrier and the grim, bare-bones clinic that he writes looked like a “1960s Soviet museum,” but said he was willing to risk his life for what he hoped would make him happier.
“I was wheeled into the operating theater through the seemingly endless dimly-lit corridors of this old, worn-out building with a bright light shining above the uninviting stone floor in a room that looked like a concrete prison cell,” he writes. “The medical equipment and tools looked old and worn, the table where I would lie for the next four hours looked cold and grim … like a scene from the horror movie ‘Hostel,’ where kidnapped hostages are operated on and tortured with an array of sharp penetrating tools by masked men.”
London writes that he was in agony for three days after the surgeries, unable to even move in his hospital bed.
“After my three days of extreme discomfort, pain and being practically paralyzed,” London writes, the doctor called him into his office and without warning, ripped the plastic tubes from his nipples and “then picked up what looked like a cattle branding iron and put the hot metal rod on each nipple, burning my skin and fusing it back together.”
London said Wednesday that he “shook with pain” for 45 minutes afterwards.
But the nightmarish saga didn’t stop him from further surgeries, despite his mother’s increasing panic, he said.
“I wanted to have people love me and say, ‘You’re beautiful, you look amazing’ and stuff like that — because I didn’t have that from my father,” London said. “I didn’t have that I was bullied at school. So I was seeking that validation elsewhere.”
After having surgery to look like his crush, Jimin of the South Korean pop group BTS, London came out as transgender at age 30 and underwent 11 facial feminization surgeries in one day in Turkey.
He was booked to go to Thailand for breast implants and was considering bottom surgery when he decided against it, ultimately coming to the realization he’d been traveling a self-destructive path that was cheered on by pro-transgender activists on social media.
London’s last cosmetic surgery was in April 2022; he vows not to have another.
He now speaks out against those same activists when it comes to minors getting puberty blockers or surgery.
London swears he isn’t planning on any more gender incarnations and that he his crusade to protect children from gender-affirming medical intervention for publicity or to stay relevant.
“Quite a few people online accuse me of doing this for attention but for the first time I’ve accepted myself,” London said. “I’ve been going to therapy since last year. Before that, I never talked about my issues … I would just go to the [surgeon]. That would be my therapy in my head.”
London’s dizzying evolution includes his current declaration that he now considers himself bisexual.
“In my early 20s, I did actually have three girlfriends,” London said. “I haven’t had a girlfriend since I have dated guys but I am very open-minded. I’m not a judgmental person. So if I find a woman, I would like to have a solid family in like 10 years — not now. I still need to work on myself and get over some things. But yeah, in 10 years, I would like to start a family whether that’s with a man or woman.”
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