Meet the man who claims he lives his life as Britain’s only full-time Jedi
Meet the man who lives his life as Britain’s only real-life full-time JEDI.
Welsh Obi Wan-a-like Kevin Cottam claims he is the nation’s only full-time ‘Grey Jedi’ who wears full length robes and carries a light saber with him at all times.
The 45-year-old said he found his faith, Jediism, online after being frustrated by the ‘rules’ most religions have to follow.
But despite the popularity of the Star Wars genre Kevin claims people shout abuse at him in the streets for the way he dresses and even cross the road to avoid being near him.
He claims Jediism shows people that life is a cycle of knowledge, wisdom and compassion – and teaches them to put no value on money or possessions.
Kevin, who lives in a flat in Rhyl, North Wales, said: “Just because I live my life as a Jedi it doesn’t mean I’m a massive Star Wars fan, it’s a way of life for me, it’s a belief.
“I mean I like to watch Police, Camera, Action but it doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and be a criminal – it’s nothing to do with what I’ve seen on TV.
“I found my faith when I was doing a bit of research online, it was then that I came across the Djedi of ancient Egypt, which inspired the Jedi in the Star Wars films.
“People judge me, give me strange looks and shout abuse at me in the street but I just want to get the message across to people that this is who I am, so just deal with it.”
Kevin, who is single, often gets people shouting ‘I am your father’ at him from down the street, which he says he doesn’t even find funny anymore.
He believes that no one is more superior than anyone else in the world and that people should just talk to him if they want to know more about him.
The former chef, is now registered as disabled and lives his life as a full-time Jedi.
He said he is overwhelmed by the support the local authorities have given him, and he claims they suggested he register his light saber as a religious item.
Kevin said: “I’m no different from anyone else, all I believe is I should be as pure and kind as I can be.
“It’s been both good and bad for my relationships, one girlfriend used to love walking through town with me and showed me off to everyone.
“However I have been turned down by people who don’t want to be with me because of the way I dress and the way I am, which is fine with me, I don’t mind.
“My religion has no laws and no rule book it just makes me a better person, people have no reason to hate me for how I dress, they don’t even know me.”
Kevin the Jedi makes all of his own robes from materials he buys at charity shops and then sells them on after he is finished with them.
Kevin even makes costumes for his friends, who unlike Kevin cosplay (dress up as) their favourite fictional characters.
They can take him up to six hours to make and in the past he has even used curtains as material to keep him warm.
Kevin said: “There was one incident that’s really stuck with me when I was walking into town one day.
“This man had three young children with him and one was excitedly saying ‘look it’s Batman’, while another one was saying he was wrong, and that I was a Jedi .
“The man turned to the children and said ‘no it isn’t, it’s that f***ing weirdo’ – I was mortified.
“It’s such a bad example to set to children, teaching them to prejudge me just as he’s done, it was awful.”