The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been out of the public eye for almost a year now, with her ex-boyfriend pop star appearing next to the dictator.
Earlier this year, 43-year-old singer Hyon Song-wol was rumored to have fallen ill and was allowed to approach the leader even more than Kim’s ambitious sister. His wife, 31-year-old Risuju, has been missing since the beginning of the year.
Last week, it was speculated that his wife, Soo-joo, had resigned from public life due to health problems. Kim has often sought advice from her politically savvy sister. Earlier this month, thousands of North Korean troops demonstrated tanks and intercontinental ballistic missiles passing through the capital, Pyongyang. It was a place my sister used to live in.
Meanwhile, her younger sister, Kim Jong Un, is only in the middle of junior officers and is far from her brother. At the 2008 South Korean Winter Olympics, he was a key member of North Korea’s last-minute participation coordination group.