First, the mystery woman spotted with Kim Jong Un, the plumpest and therefore most eligible bachelor in all of North Korea, was thought to be his long-lost sister. Then it was determined to be Hyong Son-Wol, the lead singer of the Ponchobo Electric Band and the woman behind the smash hit single "Excellent Horse-Like Lady." But now Steve Herman of Voice of America is reporting on Twitter that Kim Jong Un is married to someone named Ri Sol Ju, and he has an actual credible source: official North Korean state media.
#DPRK TV announces Kim Jong Un married.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
#DPRK leader Kim Jong Un's wife named as Ri Sol Ju.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
#DPRK radio: Kim Jong Un attended completion ceremony of the Nungna People's Amusement Park today with his wife "Comrade Ri Sol Ju."— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
Ri had appeared alongside Kim in recent weeks but #DPRK media had not made any mention of her until tonight.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
I'm going with "Ri Sol Ju" as how to render the name in English of KJU's wife. KCNA has not carried this yet in English -- or Korean.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
Ri Sol Ju was first seen on #DPRK TV July 5 during a concert, seated to the right of Kim Jong Un.— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 25, 2012
Coincidentally (we think — we are very confused right now), Ri Sol Ju also happens to be a prominent singer, probably? Here is a video of her performing with the Unhasu National Orchestra:
Anyway, congratulations to the happy couple — KimRi, as the North Korea tabloids will now probably refer to them.