Dennis Rodman broke some news on North Korean Kim Jong Un's baby daughter on Sunday during an interview with the Guardian. The former basketball player and current friend of the North Korean dictator said that he "held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms Ri [Sol-Ju, Kim's wife] as well" while in the country this past week. While Rodman told reporters in March that Kim's wife had spoken about their daughter during his previous visit to the country, it looks like Rodman is stepping up the evidence of her existence.
Rodman, who apparently changed his mind about trying to free imprisoned American Kenneth Bae during his latest trip to the country, spent some time on vacation with the Kim family:
"The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family," Rodman said of his recent visit to the world's most isolated country. "We shared many meals and drinks where we discussed our plans to play a historic friendship basketball game between North Korea and the US as well as ways to develop their basketball team."
Rodman added, noting that he'll talk more about his basketball summit diplomacy thing on Monday:
"Kim is a great guy, he loves basketball, and he's interested in building trust and understanding through sport and cultural exchanges...I know in time Americans will see I'm just trying to help us all get along and see eye to eye through basketball and with my friendship with Kim I know this will happen."
According to previous speculation on a series of photographs of Kim's wife, showing the rise and fall of what looked like a so-called "baby bump," it looks like Ju-ae's birthday is probably in late December.
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