Kim Jong Un’s Wedding to Ri Sol-Ju: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Kim Jong Un is married to Ri Sol-ju, a woman whose life was very mysterious in the beginning, as she kept mostly out of the public eye until recently. Their marriage was announced in 2012, but exactly when they first met is not exactly known. Their wedding wasn’t publicized at the time it happened and there are no photos to be found. But we can gather some clues about what likely happened from multiple sources. Here is what we know about Kim Jong Un’s wedding to Ri Sol-ju.

1. Kim Jong Il Arranged Their Marriage After His Stroke & the Couple May Have Been Married in 2009

GettyNorth Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) toast with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (R) during the official dinner at the end of their historic summit in April 2018.

At the time they were married, their union wasn’t announced. Analyst Cheong Seong-chang has said that Ri and Kim were married in 2009 and had their first child just a year later. He also said that it was Kim Jong Il who arranged their marriage, an action he did quickly after his stroke in 2008.

2. There Were Rumors that Ri Sol-ju Was Singer Hyon Song-wol, But Others Said She Was from an Upper Class Family and Studied Science

Reuters reporters spotted this woman today too – Hyon Song Wol. She’s the head of North Korea’s most famous band, maybe she’s getting ready to put on a show for Trump? @Reuters

— Grace Lee (@graceleenews) June 11, 2018

Almost as mysterious as their wedding is Ri Sol-ju herself. In fact, BBC reported that at one point in time, many people believed she was actually the singer Hyon Song-wol. The two look strikingly similar. Hyon originally disappeared from the public view in 2006, and she and Kim Jong Un reportedly knew each other since they were teens. South Korean intelligence sources had said their were rumors that they dated. In March 2012, Hyon made her first public appearance again, where she was very pregnant and sang for International Women’s Day. She has since performed in private concerts in December 2015 and in 2018 she took part in talks preparing for the Olympics. And now she’s appeared in Singapore, possibly to perform at the summit.

Analyst Cheong Seong-chang has said that Ri is from an upper middle class family and studied science. Her father is a professor and her mother is an obstetrician.

3. Kim Jong Un’s Father Never Even Introduced His Wives to the Public, so the Secrecy of Kim Jong Un’s Wedding Isn’t a Big Surprise

North Korea’s First Lady – leader Kim Jong Un gives the title to his young, stylish wife Ri Sol Ju and with it a major boost to her status

— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 19, 2018

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