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KSI reveals the REAL meaning behind the name Sidemen after the group’s Netflix documentary left fans furious


From Millennials to Gen Z, the Sidemen have become something of a household name among young YouTube users as they have become a sensation on the platform. 

The collective have become so established that a Netflix documentary was released this month charting their success, as well as recording the highs and lows of their career.

The Sidemen Story sees the seven British YouTubers take a look at their decade-long journey as pioneers on the platform, with boxer and musician KSI – real name Olajide William Olatunji – at the forefront.

The list of members and their online-monikers are: Ethan Payne (Behzinga), Harry Lewis (W2S), Joshua Bradley (Zerkaa), Olajide “JJ” Olatunji (KSI), Simon Minter (Miniminter), Tobit “Tobi” Brown (TBJZL) and Vikram “Vik” Barn (Vikkstar123). 

However, The 100-minute documentary is only available on the streaming platform to UK and Irish subscribers, meaning large swathes of their 20 million-plus subscribers – many from the U.S. – are unable to watch. 

KSI made an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show over the weekend - where he added further insight into the origins of the "Sidemen" name

KSI made an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show over the weekend – where he added further insight into the origins of the “Sidemen” name

Sidemen have become so established that a Netflix documentary was released on February 14 charting their success, as well as recording the highs and lows of their career

Sidemen have become so established that a Netflix documentary was released on February 14 charting their success, as well as recording the highs and lows of their career

While they grew with a predominantly UK-based audience, the group has risen in popularity globally thanks to KSI’s collaborations with overseas stars such as Logan Paul.

Many are currently unable to watch the emotional retelling of the group’s journey, with one American fan venting: ‘Honestly sucks that it’s only available in the UK. I’m from the states and am a big fan and was looking forward to this…’

Meanwhile, amid backlash from fans around the world regarding the documentary’s limited availability, KSI made an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show over the weekend – where he added further insight into the origins of the group’s name. 

Originally known as the Ultimate Sidemen, many theories have circulated as to what inspired the name. 

According to The Sun, the name refers to those who are behind the scenes – original member Simon started as a “sideman” to JJ (now known as KSI) by helping him record his videos. 

In a video, Simon explained: ‘A sideman is basically someone’s b***h who just follows them around. I was basically JJ’s b***h that followed him around.’

The Watford Observer, meanwhile, reported that the group’s name originates from a social group created on the role-playing game Grand Theft Auto Online in October 2013 called “The Ultimate Sidemen.”

However, KSI, who was joined on the orange sofa by comedian Jack Whitehall, actress and writer Cush Jumbo, and popstar Paloma Faith on Saturday, cleared up the rumours and disclosed Jonathan Ross the true meaning behind the name. 

KSI clarified the origin of the name to Jonathan Ross, saying: 'We're kind of "sidemen"... to each other... if that makes sense'

KSI clarified the origin of the name to Jonathan Ross, saying: ‘We’re kind of “sidemen”… to each other… if that makes sense’

The list of members and their online-monikers are: Ethan Payne (Behzinga), Harry Lewis (W2S), Joshua Bradley (Zerkaa), Olajide "JJ" Olatunji (KSI), Simon Minter (Miniminter), Tobit "Tobi" Brown (TBJZL) and Vikram "Vik" Barn (Vikkstar123)

The list of members and their online-monikers are: Ethan Payne (Behzinga), Harry Lewis (W2S), Joshua Bradley (Zerkaa), Olajide “JJ” Olatunji (KSI), Simon Minter (Miniminter), Tobit “Tobi” Brown (TBJZL) and Vikram “Vik” Barn (Vikkstar123)

Ross mused the mystery, and expressed his own thoughts on the name’s origins, saying: ‘I would’ve thought it would have been: They were the “sidemen” to somebody else.’ 

KSI clarified, ‘We’re kind of “sidemen”… to each other… if that makes sense,’ to which the audience and guests erupted in laughter – with even the Youtuber appearing confused by his own interpretation. 

In other news, KSI has revealed his cluster of expensive motors – with an extensive collective of luxury cars to rival that of a top athlete.

The jewel in the Youtube sensation’s crown is a custom-made £280,000 Lamborghini Aventador, coated in purple and orange paint, which he bought in 2014.

He also owns a £65,000 Porsche 718 Boxster and has previously shown off a Porsche Cayenne, worth in the region of £60,000, in a series of Snapchat stories.

The Sidemen Story is now available to stream on Netflix.  



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