In a state as secretive as North Korea, it’s no surprise that the wife of leader Kim Jong Un would be shrouded in mystery. Thought to be in her late 20s, Ri Sol Ju was initially identified as a singer when she appeared with Kim several times this year, before state media confirmed that she was Kim’s wife. Aside from her modern wardrobe, which is readily apparent to observers, solid biographical information about her is spotty at best. Various reports speculate that she has studied music in China and was previously a cheerleader, and some Korean media have stated that the couple may already have a child. After making a splash this summer, Ri was absent from the public eye for several months before reappearing in late October amid rampant rumors that she was pregnant.
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