North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was a loner who was scared of girls at school, a former classmate says in a new book.
Author Anna Fifield revealed the tubby tyrant, 36, was "no playboy in training" and "absolutely avoided contact with girls" while growing up in Switzerland, the Express reports.
She has spoken those who claimed to have known the supreme leader during his teenage years at the private International School of Berne and later Schule Liebefeld Steinholzli.
In ‘The Great Successor: The Secret Rise and Rule of Kim Jong-un’, she wrote: “At a time when teenagers are usually pushing boundaries, Kim Jong-un was no party animal or playboy in training.
“He didn’t go to school camp, parties, or discos, and he didn’t touch a drop of alcohol."
The writer added: "Kim Jong-un ‘absolutely avoided contact with girls,’ a former classmate said, adding that she never had a substantial conversation with him.
“She said: ‘He was a loner and didn’t share anything about his private life'.
“His test scores were never great, but Kim Jong-un went on to pass the seventh and eighth grades and was there for a part of the ninth grade at the high school, Koniz education authorities confirmed.”
A South Korean spy agency has claimed the tyrant has executed at least two people and locked down Pyongyang in a frantic bid to stop coronavirus transmissions.
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The secretive state has also banned fishing and salt production at sea to prevent seawater from being infected with the virus in bizarre measures unseen anywhere else.
But describing his childhood, Ms Fifield said: “The education that Kim received in Switzerland presented a very different worldview to the one he experienced in North Korea.
“Kim Jong-un’s lessons included human rights, women’s rights, and the development of democracy.
“One unit was even called ‘Happiness, Suffering, Life and Death’.
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“Students learned about Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi.
“There was a strong emphasis on cultural diversity; religious, ethnic, and social groups, the rights of human beings, and standing in solidarity with the disadvantaged."
She added: “It’s hard to know what Kim Jong-un thought during these lessons. No such rights existed in North Korea.
“But this may not have been as jarring to Kim as it sounds because he had encountered very few North Koreans and almost none in situations outside of those that were carefully choreographed to show smiling citizens who beamed contentment at him.
“Kim could have told himself that his people didn’t need all those fine ideals because they were evidently very happy under his father’s leadership.
“Anyway, Kim Jong-un didn’t stay at school for much longer.”
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