The ex-girlfriend of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un was allegedly executing by government firing squad, according to an unconfirmed report.
Hyon Song-wol, a popular pop star in the communist country, was apparently charged with violating North Korea’s pornography laws.
Kim Jong-un, now the country’s supreme leader, supposedly met the singer about 10 years ago and they became an item. But Kim Jong-il, the country’s late dictator, subsequently told his son to break off the relationship because he did not approve. They may have continued seeing each other, however.
South Korea’s The Chosen Libo news agency yesterday originated the report of the rumored Hyon Song-wol execution: “Sources in China said singer Hyon Song-wol as well as Mun Kyong-jin, head of the Unhasu Orchestra, were arrested on Aug. 17 for violating North Korean laws against pornography and were executed in public three days later. The victims of the atrocity were members of the Unhasu Orchestra as well as singers, musicians and dancers with the Wangjaesan Light Music Band. They were accused of videotaping themselves having sex and selling the videos. The tapes have apparently gone on sale in China as well.”
Hyon Song-wol was among 12 performers that were shot with machine guns while band members and loved ones looked on according to the unnamed sources. Both bands are said to have since disbanded. Family members of those put to death were reportedly exiled to prison camps.
The London Telegraph suggests that, if true, the Hyon Song-wol execution might have been motivated by jealousy: “Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, was also a member of the Unhasu Orchestra before marriage, and one theory is that Ri objected to the continuing high profile of her husband’s former girlfriend.”
Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju reportedly had a baby girl in late 2012 but the secretive regime has not made any formal announcement of the birth.