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Kim Jong Un’s recent appearance at a concert featuring performers dressed up as colorful Disney characters wasn’t the only thing making headlines last week.
Footage and photographs of a young woman next to Kim sparked rumors and extensive investigations of their relationship. Initially, various news sources speculated the woman to be Kim’s wife, younger sister or mistress.
South Korean intelligence sources have now identified the woman as Hyon Song-wol, former front woman of the popular Bochonbo Electronic Music Band. She headed the North Korean hits such as “Footsteps of Soldiers,” “I Love Pyongyang,” and “Excellent Horse-Like Lady,” according to The Telegraph.
Hyon met Kim were close friends about 10 years ago but their contact was severed by Kim Jong Il, who opposed the relationship. As a result, Hyon married an officer in the North Korean army and had a baby. But now, Kim Jong Un may be rekindling their friendship into something more.
“The two have known each other since they were in their teens and rumours about the two having an affair have been circulating among Pyongyang’s top elite,” a South Korean intelligence official told the JoongAng Daily.
Some North Korean watchers speculated Kim Jong Un may be preparing to formally introduce Hyon as the First Lady of North Korea.
“It is highly possible that this is his wife and that Kim is trying to show a new style of leadership, of a husband and wife, in North Korea,” said Professor Shigemura of Waseda University and author of several books on North Korean leadership.