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Before the beginning of the reign of Kim Jong-un in the DPRK, the leaders did not allow themselves to appear in public with their wives, but today Lee Sol Joo is published with her husband and boldly destroys many traditions of their country. True, there is very little information about Lee Seol Zhu, and lately, the world media are increasingly concerned about the fact that the first lady of the DPRK has disappeared and has never attended a single event in the past 10 months.
The first information about the wife of Kim Jong-un
For the first time, a pretty girl was seen during the funeral of Kim Jong Il, the Great Leader of the DPRK. She stood next to Kim Jong-un, but at that moment no one knew who she was and by what right she took a place near the heir to the ruler. Many then made assumptions that the girl might be a distant relative of the ruling family. South Korean intelligence built its own guesses, but they turned out to be far from the truth. Intelligence speculated that Kim Jong-un's companion was the lead singer of Pochhonbo, Hyun Sung Wol.
Later, the girl was next to the Great Successor at a concert in Pyongyang and sat next to him in the most honorable place. During the performance of the Moranbong girl group, Kim Jong-un and his companion greeted the performers while standing. It was worth paying attention to, because before that, all the performers in North Korea went on stage in wide dresses or paramilitary clothing. This time, the singers were on stage in tight-fitting shiny outfits. Kim Jong-un's approval in this case was extremely important.
In July 2012, Kim Jong-un attended the opening of the Rynna People's Leisure Center in Pyongyang, accompanied by the same mysterious stranger. And the DPRK television in its report noted: the Supreme Leader of the DPRK was at the event with his wife Li Sol-chu. This was surprising because, up to this point, North Korean leaders had never brought their wives out.
Later, the meager details of the biography of Kim Jong-un's wife became known. She was born in the period from 1985 to 1989 in the family of a teacher and doctor, graduated from the University of Pyongyang and became a singer in the state orchestra "Eunhasu". In some sources, you can find information that her father was not a teacher, but an Air Force officer.
At the same time, it is indicated that as a teenager, she was in Japan at the UNESCO festival for children of Southeast Asia, and her passport contains the date of birth on September 28, 1989. The same sources report that as a child, the girl studied in the palace of children's creativity and studied at a music school. And during the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships, held in South Korea, Lee Seol Joo was part of the cheerleading team that accompanied the DPRK national team.
South Korean media reported on the alleged story of Kim Jong-un's marriage. Allegedly, he saw the performance of his future wife at a New Year's concert in December 2010, and then expressed a desire to meet a beautiful soloist.
However, some sources say that Kim Jong Un and Lee Seol Joo got married back in 2009, and in 2010 she already gave birth to her first child.
Himself Kim Jong-un, meeting for the first time with the President of South Korea, voiced his own version of the history of the marriage. He said that his father drew his attention to this girl and ordered his son to marry her. Kim Jong Un obeyed Kim Jong Il and married Lee Seol Joo.
Fresh wind of change
Lee Sol Joo's appearance next to her husband marked a change in the country. The wife of the ruler did not dress at all the way women dressed in North Korea before. Her outfits looked too revealing, because even the companions of senior officials always appeared in public in shapeless gray outfits.
Lee Seol Joo wore bright business suits, and instead of the usual badge with a portrait of Kim Il Sung, a pearl brooch was increasingly appearing on her chest. At the same time, she had platform shoes with a flirty toe cut, and in her hands, Lee Sol Joo was holding elegant stylish handbags from famous brands, preferring Chanel or Dior. And the hairstyle of the leader's companion was not at all similar to the haircuts legalized in North Korea.
In addition, she was not at all as restrained as was customary. She could walk arm in arm with her husband and at the same time openly smile, which could be considered a frank demonstration of love and social equality. It is worth noting that such behavior was previously condemned and considered inappropriate in North Korea.
On the opening day of the entertainment complex, many drew attention to the influence of Lee Seol-Zhu on her husband. During the accidental stop of one of the rides, when Kim Jong-un was there with a British diplomat, the ruler was furious.
Park staff feverishly apologized and nearly fainted from fear of possible punishment. But the charming Li Seol Joo approached her husband and began to quietly say something to him. To the surprise of those present, the ruler calmed down rather quickly, and all those present could breathe a sigh of relief.
Lee Seol Joo periodically disappears from the public eye and this has caused a variety of rumors. However, after a while, she reappears. South Korean intelligence suggests these disappearances may be linked to childbirth. There was information about three heirs of Kim Jong-un.
So in 2020, Lee Seol Joo has not appeared in public for almost ten months, and the South Korean media are speculating and expressing fears whether Kim Jong-un has dealt with his wife for some offense.
After all, it was under her influence that women in North Korea have now allowed Kim Jong-un to wear jeans and pantsuits, high-heeled shoes and black tights, and they can now ride a bicycle and wear earrings.
At the beginning of the year, Western publications drew attention to the absence of the North Korean leader himself, even at extremely important ideological events. There have been speculations about Kim Jong-un's poor health and a possible change of government in the country. Western political scientists and journalists assumed that the chair of the DPRK leader may be taken by Kim Yeo-jong, the younger sister of the ruler, whose influence on his brother has not been questioned for a long time.