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Home / Entertainment / Jedi Knight fears his own Star Wars saga will leave him without his very own Princess Leia

Jedi Knight fears his own Star Wars saga will leave him without his very own Princess Leia

Britain’s only full time Jedi says he fears he will end up living alone without a Princess Leia to call his own.

Kevin Cottam , who lives in Rhyl , wears full length robes and carries a lightsaber with him at all times.

The 45-year-old says he is destined to be single after finding his faith, Jediism, online after being frustrated by the rules most religions follow.

And as the countdown continues to this week’s UK release of the latest movie in the Star Wars series, the bachelor has revealed he is ridiculed every time he walks down the street.

Kevin – who says his long-term girlfriend left him because she didn’t want to be seen in public with him – claims his ‘religion’ shows people that life is a cycle of knowledge, wisdom and compassion – and teaches them to put no value on money or possessions.

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“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,” he said.

“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.”

Former chef Kevin, who lives alone, says he often gets people shouting “I am your father” at him from down the street, which he says he does not find funny any more.

“I’m no different from anyone else, all I believe is I should be as pure and kind as I can be,” he said.

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“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.”

He says when he first told friends and family that he was becoming a Jedi, they thought it was cool.

“But when I told them a year ago that I was going to wear the robes all the time and forsake all other clothes, a number found it strange,” he admitted.

“My girlfriend of six years left me, as she did not want to be seen in public with someone dressed like me. I had been happy with her, but I also had my faith to follow and if I lost that, I would no longer be who I am.

“I am 45 now and have accepted that I will probably remain single for the rest of my life, but I refuse to change who I am.

“If I did find someone who would be happy to live with me, I would not try to convert them to Jediism. That decision would have to come from them.”

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.

“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****** 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.”

In October it was revealed how police in riot gear swooped on Mr Cottam as he was role-playing with pals who were wearing Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat outfits.

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Police feared the plastic gun Mr Cottam was using was real but no arrests were made.

“I have been surprised at how accepting the local authorities and police have been. It was their idea that I register my lightsaber as a religious item, allowing me to carry it with me at all times.

“At first I didn’t have one, but this often disappointed the children who asked me for photographs, so I relented.

“If I can bring a little happiness to others, then that makes me happy. After I meet people, I always say to them, ‘May the force for ever guide you.’ It guides me, and it has changed my life for the better.”

This story has already appeared in the Daily Mirror

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