North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, right, waves to the crowd as they inspect the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
The lack of public appearances in more than a month by the first lady of North Korea has raised speculation about her fate.
Ri Sol Ju, a singer who married North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, customarily has been pictured with her husband during visits to military units, farms, and at official ceremonies, the Telegraph reports. But word out of South Korean media now says Ri has not been seen in public for more than 40 days.
One thought is that the young bride is pregnant and does not yet want it made public, the Daily Mail reports.
The Daily Mail notes that Ri did not join her husband during a roller coaster ride in July at the opening of the Reungra People's Resort in Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, front left, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, who is wearing a required lapel pin. (AP file photo)
Media outlet koreabang.com reports that during a recent visit to deliver gifts to renters at some newly renovated apartments "there was a glimpse of Ri Sol Ju washing a cup in the kitchen, and it seemed as though her stomach was protruding more than usual."
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