KSI. Source: The Guardian

KSI (born 19 June 1993) is an English YouTuber and rapper best known as KSI.

Source: BBC

Early life

On June 19, 1993, Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji was born. His father is from Nigeria, and his mother is from London’s Islington. He was raised in Watford, Hertfordshire, and attended Berkhamsted School, where he met future collaborator and Sidemen member Simon Minter.

Source: Childhood Biography

Deji, KSI’s younger brother, is also a YouTuber. Tubular Labs voted the brothers one and second as the “UK’s Most Influential YouTube Creators” in 2015.

In a video released in late November 2018, Deji revealed KSI’s personal bank data. Later, KSI criticised Deji’s behaviour and expressed his displeasure with his parents for allowing the publishing of his financial data.

In November 2019, KSI revealed that their feud has been resolved, adding that “brothers fight and there’s always gonna be a situation where, because we’re in the public eye, everything gets blown out of proportion”

KSI is a fan of Arsenal F.C.

YouTube career

KSI created his first YouTube account in 2008, under the nickname “JideJunior” when he was in his early teens. He created his current YouTube account, KSIOlajideBT, on July 24, 2009, and began uploading gaming–commentary videos of the FIFA video game series from his bedroom at his parents’ house in Watford.

He dropped out of sixth form education to pursue his YouTube profession after generating a consistent monthly income from his uploads. In a 2014 interview, he described asking his teacher if he should drop out.

When his teacher inquired how much KSI earned from YouTube, he replied, “around £1,500 a month” which was more than his teacher earned. His parents were first opposed, but subsequently became supportive and appeared in several of his videos.

The rise of KSI was not without controversy. He was widely chastised for his self-described ‘rape-face,’ a recurring joke on his channel between 2012 and 2013, and was at the centre of a controversy after third-party allegations of sexual harassment of female staff at a Eurogamer event in 2012, which went so far as accusing him of sexually assaulting spokesmodel Brandy Brewer, despite her tweeting that she had consented.

2013–present

Polaris, a Maker Studios sub-network, signed KSI in October 2013. KSI has been a member of the British YouTube group known as the Sidemen since October 19, 2013. The group creates web videos, most of which consist of challenges, sketches, and video-game commentary, and sells special Sidemen goods.

KSI released a biography titled KSI: I Am a Bellend in 2015. The book was launched on September 24, 2015, in the United Kingdom, and five days later in the United States, and KSI toured in support of it from September 24 to October 4, 2015.

Sidemen: The Book, published by KSI and the Sidemen in 2016, sold 26,436 copies in three days and topped the hardcover nonfiction rankings.

Boxing career

KSI vs. Joe Weller

Hostile relations between KSI and British YouTuber Joe Weller are said to have begun at the end of 2017. Following public conflicts on Twitter and diss-tracks, the pair declared that they would settle their feud with an amateur boxing match on 3 February 2018 at Copper Box Arena in London.

During the announcement, the two clashed, with KSI making fun of Weller’s sadness and his usage of pharmaceuticals, for which he later apologised.

Source: Metro

KSI won the bout through technical knockout 1 minute and 37 seconds into the third round. After the fight, KSI applauded Weller for being “way harder, way tougher than I thought,” and thanked him for his commitment to promoting mental health awareness, before calling out American YouTuber Logan Paul, his brother Jake Paul, and retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.

KSI vs. Logan Paul

Source: The Sun

On February 24, 2018, it was reported that KSI would compete in a white-collar boxing amateur boxing contest against Logan Paul. The fight was a majority draw, with two judges scoring it level at 57–57 and a third judge scoring it in favour of KSI at 58–57. The Independent called it “the biggest white-collar boxing match in history” while the Radio Times called it “the biggest amateur boxing match in history”

Eddie Hearn promoted a rematch between KSI and Paul on November 9, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The rematch, unlike the first, was a professional fight without the usage of headgear. Viddal Riley, a professional boxer, and Jeff Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Jr.‘s uncle, trained KSI.

Music career

After writing and producing comedy–rap songs for his YouTube channel in 2011, KSI released his debut single, “Lamborghini” featuring British grime MC P Money, via Dcypha Productions on March 23, 2015. The song peaked at 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

On June 23, 2017, KSI self-released “Creature” which peaked at number 100 on the UK Singles Chart.

On February 16, 2021, KSI announced on Twitter the launch of his own record label, “The Online Takeover” in collaboration with his music manager, Mams Taylor. Shortly after, he unveiled his label’s first signee, American-British vocalist Aiyana-Lee, who appeared on the single “Killa Killa”

Records

2 fights1 win0 losses
By knockout10
Draws1
Amateur boxing record summary
1 fight1 win0 losses
By decision10
Professional boxing record summary

Personal life

Even though the youtube personality has never publicly talked about his romantic life, however, He was rumoured to be first romantically involved with a fellow youtube, Seane Cuthbert. Their relationship had lasted for around 2 years. The couple broke up in 2014. Seana, later on, revealed that KSI didn’t have any time for the relationship and hence the couple went off.

The youtube star later started dating Lois Sharpie however she too didn’t last long. However, this was not officially confirmed by the two.

KSI is currently rumoured to be in a relationship with British Personality Nia Pickering. The couple has been dating each other since 2018.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеOlajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеKSI
Віrth РlасеWatford, United Kingdom
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау19 June 1993
Аgе/Ноw Оld28 years old
Неіght/Ноw ТаllIn Centimetres – 190 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 11″
WеіghtIn Kilograms – 80 Kg
In Pounds – 163 lbs
Раrеntѕ NаmеFather –  Jide Olatunji
Mother – Yinka Olatunji
ЅіblіngѕDeji
NаtіоnаlіtуEnglish
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕЅіnglе
Gіrlfrіеnd(undisclosed)
РrоfеѕѕіоnYouTuber, recording artist, and boxer
Nеt Wоrth$15 Million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

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