'Hot Mugshot Guy' Jeremy Meeks tried to visit the UK and was immediately deported
Some fairy tale endings are only meant for domestic soil.
"Hot Mugshot Guy" Jeremy Meeks was deported on Monday from London, where he was scheduled to shoot a number of magazine spreads. His wife and manager successfully entered the United Kingdom, but Meeks was stopped by security at border control.
"We went through immigration and they detained Jeremy," his manager, Jim Jordan, told the Daily Mail. "He wasn't arrested but they deported him out of the country. They wouldn't let him come into the country. He is really upset. He was police-escorted onto the plane."
Meeks filmed part of his eight-hour airport ordeal, saying, "'I'm sick of this s***. I've been denied. London don't want me here having served my time. S*** is crazy."
Jordan and Meeks' wife, Melissa, sat in an airport restaurant for hours waiting on an update before they were finally told Meeks was being deported: "They strip-searched him; they fingerprinted him. They locked him in a small room for hours. They took his passport from him, they didn't give him his passport back," Jordan alleged.
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Meeks, 32, went viral in 2014 after he was arrested in California for gang-related activities. By the time he was released from jail in March 2016, his chiseled, brooding mugshot had made him an international phenomenon. In February 2017, Meeks made his New York Fashion Week debut on the catwalk for Phillip Plein. Unfortunately, the United Kingdom didn't seem to care that he's abandoned his criminal past in favor of high-fashion modeling.
According to the Daily Mail, Meeks was born into poverty, joining the Crips at a young age. He has been vocally appreciative of his unexpected second chance: "I'm in a place where I will be able to provide for my family and really change my life," he has said. "I never thought that everyone in the world would recognize me for my looks, so I feel extremely blessed and very thankful."