Kim Jong-Un Marries, but His Bride Is Still a Mystery

Alexander Abad-Santos
Kim Jong-Un Marries, but His Bride Is Still a Mystery

Update 9:18 a.m.  Herman just tweeted this out: 

Here's a photo of Kim Jong Un's wife:

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012

And if you click on the picture, it's actually the same woman who South Korean officials believed was Hyong Song-wol (mentioned below in the original). 

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Original: Two, have apparently become Un. But just who, exactly, the Supreme Leader of North Korea married is sort of a mystery. North Korean state-sponsored television announced that Kim Jong-un was married, reports Voice of America's Bureau Chief Steve Herman. Herman has been covering the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and  tweeted this out today: 

#DPRK leader Kim Jong Un's wife named as Ri Sol Ju.

— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012

According to another tweet by Herman, "Ri had appeared alongside Kim in recent weeks but #DPRK media had not made any mention of her until tonight." 

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That unfamiliar name took us by surprise, since Kim had been widely reported as canoodling (by North Korean standards) with Hyon Song-wol, the former front woman for an electric symphony band called the Bonchonbo Electronic Music Band whose hits include "Excellent Horse-like Lady." Business Insider's Gus Lubin is "assuming" that it's the same woman, though there's also a possibility that Ms. Excellent Horse-like Lady might have been jilted or reports about Hyong Song-wol's identity might have been incorrect. Herman points us to the video below, tweeting: "Here's a video of the woman who is apparently Kim Jong-un's wife singing in 2011 on #DPRK TV." Credits on the video clearly point out Ri Sol Ju as the singer and there's no mention of the Bonchonbo Electronic Music band.

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We'll keep this updated as more details emerge. 

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