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Feb 17, 2021
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Kim Jong-un’s wife appeared in public for the first time in a year

Kim Jong-un's wife appeared in public for the first time in a year

Lee Seol Joo and Kim Jong Un

Yesterday, 37-year-old Kim Jong-un’s wife, Lee Seol Joo, made her first public appearance after a long absence. The 31-year-old wife of the North Korean leader attended a musical performance with her husband on the anniversary of the birthday of former leader Kim Jong Il.

When the general secretary walked into the theater’s auditorium with his wife, Lee Seol-Zhu, to the welcoming music, all of the members burst out loud cheers!

– reported in the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea.

They added that the pictures of the couple were featured on the front page of the state’s largest newspaper, Rodong Sinmun.

Kim Jong Un, Lee Seol Joo, President of South Korea Moon Jae In and his wife Kim Jong Suk
Kim Jong Un, Lee Seol Joo, President of South Korea Moon Jae In and his wife Kim Jong Suk

Lee Seol Joo did not appear in public for a year, which spawned many rumors about her condition. Probably, her long absence in public can be explained by the coronavirus pandemic, which effectively put an end to international visits and the need to appear with her husband at official events, according to the North Korean news agency NK News.

South Korean media have suggested that Lee Seol Joo may have taken care of her and her husband’s children (the couple, according to various sources, have two or three), so she avoided public appearances during the pandemic. However, there were rumors that she was caring for someone from the family who was sick, or was sick herself, so she had to stay at home. Another version of her absence is the preparation of her youngest daughter for admission to school.

The state of health of Kim Jong-un and his family is one of the most closely guarded secrets in the state, known only to a few people from the inner circle of his leader. So, a year ago there was a lot of speculation that Kim Jong-un was almost dying after undergoing surgery.

Lee Seol Joo and Kim Jong Suk
Lee Seol Joo and Kim Jong Suk

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