He may be one of the most recognisable – and feared – leaders on the world stage, but much about North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is shrouded in mystery.
Even when he was a child, officials loyal to the Kim dynasty circulated myths about the future leader in order to build a cult around him.
It was claimed that he could fire a gun at the age of three, and North Koreans were told the young Kim was such a good marksman that he could hit a lightbulb from 100 metres.
When he was eight, he was said to be able to drive a truck at 80mph.
As an adult he is far from being an open book – to the point that no one is even certain how old he is, and how many children he has.
According to the South Korean National Intelligence Service Kim has three.
Bizarrely it was US basketball star Dennis Rodman who first revealed the name of the eldest two in 2013, telling reporters: “I held their baby Ju Ae and spoke with Ms Ri as well.”
The third child was reportedly born in 2017, although reports at the time did not reveal the infant’s gender.
Although his date of birth is officially given as January 8, 1982, South Korean intelligence services claim he was actually born two years later.
This doctoring was done to make him appear older and more mature when he took control following his father’s death in 2011.
Kim is married to Ri Sol Ju, now aged between 28 and 33.
The pair are believed to have wed in 2009 and his wife joined Kim on a visit to China last year.
A recent book, The Great Successor by Anna Fifield, revealed far more about the North Korean leader than was previously known.
According to Fifield a chef was paid to be his best friend as a child, and his birthday parties were attended by high-ranking officials rather than other children.
From the age of 11, it is believed that carried a weapon around in a holster at all times.
No pictures of him were available when he was child – although an image of a young boy saluting – displayed at a military parade in 2014 – is said to be him.
The son of former Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il and grandson of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung, he was described as a “spoiled brat” in childhood.
An official biography of the younger Kim claims he – like his father – does not need to use the bathroom.
In the 1990s Kim was sent to live and study at the International School of Bern in Switzerland under a false identity.
This was done in the hope that exposure to the West would turn him into a reformer – but biographer Fifield said the opposite was true.
She told Vox: “What his time in Switzerland must have taught him is that if it wasn’t for the family myth and family dynasty, he’d be a nobody.”
His love of basketball is well known, and US sportsman Dennis Rodman has been a guest of the North Korean strongman.
This enthusiasm is said to have come from his mum, Ko Yong Hui, who also convinced him he is a military genius.
While at school in Switzerland he would play after school, watched by his aunt and uncle, who unfolded deckchairs in order to spectate, Fifield wrote.
As an adult he sports a distinctive hairstyle – one of just 28 approved in North Korea.
The shaved back and sides with longer hair on top is known as ‘Ambitious’, and university students are said to have been told to copy it.
It isn’t just males whose image Kim has taken a keen interest in.
The dictator is said to have personally selected members of the reclusive country’s best-known girl bands.
The group, called Maranbong, is a five piece group who are accompanied by military orchestras during their performances.
Dr Robert Kelly told ABC News that Kim appears to be a “classic Neronian dictator-figure – grossly self-indulgent, vicious, prone to self-glorification – but not stupid or irrational.”