Hyon Song Wol, Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend, appeared for the first time on North Korean state television after she was reportedly executed in 2013. Hyon was allegedly killed for making a pornographic film in September.
However, the story is being questioned after she made an appearance on television. The Korean singer was seen delivering a speech at a national art workers rally in Pyongyang.
During her speech, the Moranbong band member even thanked Kim for his leadership while pledging to work harder to “stoke up the flame for art and creative work,” according to the Herald Sun.
Hyon’s appearance comes as a shock to many after it had been reported that she was brutally executed by machine gun on August 20 following her August 17 arrest.
The pop star and other members of North Korea’s most famous music groups were said to have been marched in front of a firing squad and gunned down without facing trial, while their families and other members of the groups were ordered to watch.
The victims’ families and friends were then taken away to a labor camp, having been found “guilty by association.”
Those “executed” had been accused of making videos of themselves performing sex acts and then selling the recordings, with some of the musicians also reported to be in possession of Bibles, which are banned in North Korea, when they were detained.
North Korean officials denied the reports at the time, labeling the rumours the work of the South Korean government and media.
However, South Korea’s own spy chief Nam Jae-joon ignited reports again when he was quoted as saying, “We are aware of the execution of some 10 people associated with the Unhasu Orchestra,” in October.
Speculation escalated, suggesting that Kim’s wife, Ri Sol-ju, was to blame for the “execution.”
Kim, 30, who succeeded his late father as supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, met the pop singer ten years ago when he returned from studying in Switzerland. However, his father, Kim Jong-il, disapproved of the relationship and ordered it to end.
Hyon went on to marry an officer in the North Korean military and is believed to have had a baby.
Nevertheless, rumors had circulated that Kim was still secretly seeing her, followed by reports he had demanded her execution.