Following the disclosure that North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong-Un is married, fresh reports from Seoul reveal that the leader's wife is a former singer who may not be a newly-wed bride.
As Digital Journal reported North Korea media confirmed that the enigmatic leader Kim Jong-Un is married to a woman named Ri Sol-Ju. As speculation over her identity and their relationship grew, media sources in Seoul have revealed the newly announced first lady is a former singer who caught Kim's eye during a performance.
According to Naharnet Seoul newspaper Daily NK disclosed the decision to make the marriage public information "is part of work to make Kim Jong-Un appear old and wise enough to rule." Further sources revealed that after Kim singled Ri Sol-Ju out to be his wife the singer underwent "a six-month course in duties of a first lady at Kim Il-Sung University."
The Daily Mail reported that the pair could have actually performed their nuptials back in 2009, and the regime has maintained secrecy regarding the marriage until now.
Responding to the news of Kim's marital state U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said "We would always wish any kind of newlyweds well as they embark on married life" whilst adding "But obviously our concerns first and foremost are for the North Korean people, and our hope that conditions for them will improve."