Is Kim Jong Un Dating a Pop Star?

Spotted with singer of 'Excellent Horse-Like Lady'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 11, 2012 4:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Celebrity gossip all the way from Pyongyang: A woman spotted with supreme leader Kim Jong Un recently isn't his sister, as earlier reports suggested. Instead, she has been identified as a pop star his late father once refused to let him see, the Daily Mail reports. Hyon Song Wol, who has appeared at a number of official events with the North Korean leader, was reportedly once married to a North Korean soldier; it's not clear whether she still is.

Kim and Hyon "have known each other since they were in their teens," a South Korean official says, adding that rumors they're "having an affair have been circulating among Pyongyang's top elite." Seoul intelligence says they first got together after Kim returned from a Swiss private school a decade ago, but his father nixed the relationship. Hyon's music with the group Bochonbo Electronic Music Band, including the hits "Excellent Horse-Like Lady," "I Love Pyongyang," and "We Are Troops of the Party," reached the height of its popularity in 2005.

In this April 13, 2012 photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands next to senior military leaders.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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