After Kim Jong-un stepped out flaunting a svelte figure, it seems as if people can't help but bust out the body double rumours.
The Supreme Leader was recently filmed at the military parade to celebrate North Korea's 73rd anniversary. You can see how he looks here:
Instead of assuming that the North Korean politician - who has been the Supreme Leader since 2011 - has dragged himself down to the local gym or even bagged himself a PT, people have jumped to a much wilder conclusion.
One thing's for sure, he's lost quite a bit of timber which left him visibly slimmer than at the start of the year.
Experts say the weight loss is likely an attempt to improve his health, rather than a sign of illness since he has continued his regular public activity.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "Did Kim Jong-Un get surgery or something? Or did he secretly die and get replaced with a skinny body double?"
Another added: "That's not him, surely?! Must be a body double (they couldn't even get that right)."
And a third commented: "Recently Kim Jong-un shedded lots of pounds, but the Japanese say it was his body double."
That is not the real Kim jong-un ! He died of coronavirus last year , what we see is his body double ! His sister is in charge !
- Rudedogg (@Rudedog97303634) September 13, 2021
My mum strongly believes that Kim Jong-Un is not Kim Jong-Un. At dinner, she was saying that the real Kim Jong-Un died of COVID-19 and the slimmer guy that we saw on TV is a body double. :joy::joy::joy:
- Kendra Stenberg :flag_fi: :flag_pt: (@KendraLStenberg) September 9, 2021
Despite people's concern over his health, government officials insisted that not only was Jong-un in perfectly good health but that he had also lost weight as a result of worrying about his people and their ongoing food shortages, which has been blamed on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Spreading rumours about the Dignity's health is regarded as treason by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an unnamed insider has disclosed to the US-backed news outlet Radio Free Asia.
One source, residing in the city of Sariwon, south of the capital Pyongyang, claimed that neighbourhood watch units there have warned people not to gossip about Jong-un's health.