Man who spent £33k to look like David Beckham ‘even more determined’ after fire

A man who splurged £33,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like David Beckham says the fire that nearly killed him has made him more determined than ever.

Jack Johnson’s one-bed flat in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, went up in flames after he fell asleep while cooking potato waffles.

The 22-year-old – who calls himself Jack Beckham – was treated for smoke inhalation and spent 24 hours in a coma following the ordeal.

But he told Nottinghamshire Live the brush with death had made him want to look like his football idol even more.

He said: "I will not stop until I’m dead. I do not look like David now so even if someone gave me £1m I still wouldn’t look like him but I will keep trying.


"It has made me more determined to reach my goal because I nearly died."

The November 8 blaze has left the unemployed Becks-wannabe in debt and having to sofa surf between friends and family.

Mr Johnson said he had decided to fry some potato waffles in a chip pan but dozed off while browsing social media .

He woke to find his flat covered in smoke, with flames spreading from the kitchen to the bathroom and landing. He launched a duvet over the fire but hadn’t realised a deodorant can was inside.


"It exploded," he said. "It threw me back onto the bannister. When I got out of the flat I fell unconscious and that’s when I woke up from a coma 24 hours later at Queen’s Medical Centre.

"I have lost everything. I am in a lot of debt anyway, but now I am in more debt because I did not have insurance. It has destroyed me."

Jack said he has spent £33,000 on surgery to look like his idol, which includes a nose job, chin implants, liposuction, botox, fillers and facials. He also buys the same clothes as David and has taken out loans to achieve his dream.

His next target is his bone structure and he is looking at having three ribs removed so he can fit in the same waistcoats that David Beckham wears.


"I am blacklisted everywhere [for credit]," he said.

"I will carry on until I know I look like him. If I don’t listen to my own mum, when she tells me to stop, I am not going to listen to everyone else.

"I have got no problem with my appearance but I just want to be a David Beckham lookalike, the first person in Britain to look exactly like a celebrity through work being done."

He is now asking for donations for him to get back on his feet after the fire destroyed all his belongings and has set up a GoFundMe page.

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