Ever since Kim Jong-un was seen limping in public this summer, there's been a lot of speculation on what could possibly have happened to the North Korea's “Outstanding Leader.”
Although he managed to attend his usual photo-op sessions, the 31-year-old dictator reportedly missed last week's parliamentary meeting, launching rumors about ankle surgeries and his weird obsession with cheese.
So what exactly happened to Kim?
Well, we might not ever know for sure, since the Hermit Kingdom’s secrets are more secretive than word secret itself. However, there are a bunch of reports that might help.
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports Kim has not been seen by his people since Sept. 3. According to their unnamed source:
"I heard that Kim Jong-un injured his right ankle in June after pushing ahead with on-site visits and ended up fracturing both ankles because he left the injury unattended," the source said.
While praising Kim's strength and ability to endure hardships, a state-run North Korean television channel released this information:
"Our marshal continues to light the path for the people like a flame despite his discomfort," said the narrator, before revealing details about the leader's summer factory tour.
"His whole body is drenched in sweat, but he does not stop working hard, instead showing concern for the health of the other workers."
On the other hand, The Telegraph reports Kim’s “Elvis-style weight gain” is the root of all problems.
"He is now believed to weigh at least 20 stone" — 280 pounds — "as a result of his fondness for heavy drinking and imported Swiss cheese, which he gained a taste for while at school in Switzerland."
However, the AP reckons it is gout:
"Maybe it's gout, unidentified sources tell South Korean reporters, or diabetes, or high blood pressure. A headline in Seoul offers up the possibility of a common South Korean obsession: fried chicken and beer."
Metro, above all, has an Oscar-winning speculation:
“Unbridled daily binges on Emmental imported from Switzerland are believed to be responsible for the dictator’s rapid weight gain, with some defectors speculating he was trying to match the considerable bulk of his grandfather, Kim Il-sung."
Regardless of whatever it is, the bevy of rumors indicates that Kim Jong-un is being sorely missed.