Former basketball star Dennis Rodman stunned everyone when he started crying on live television while discussing the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The NBA Hall Of Famer – who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 – wore a Trump-supporting ‘Make America Great Again’ cap and sunglasses during an emotional appearance on CNN.
The 57-year-old is one of the few westerners to have met Kim during visits to the secretive country and landed in Singapore ahead of the meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday, which was aimed at eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.
“Today is a great day,” former NBA star Dennis Rodman says in an emotional interview in which he describes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un https://t.co/eoNeZnYFm7 pic.twitter.com/6gouUPBBpX
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During his interview, Rodman repeatedly called the summit ‘amazing’ before breaking down and dabbing tears as they rolled down his face.
He revealed he knew ‘nothing’ about North Korea when he first arrived there and originally thought he was only in the country to play basketball and ‘make the people happy’.
He added: ‘It turned out so much more bigger than what I thought. I just fell in love with the country.’
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Rodman, who has also met Trump, claimed the White House had already called him to say the President is ‘so proud of you’ and described Kim as a ‘big kid’.
The athlete bonded with Kim over a love of basketball and appeared on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.
Officials had previously said Rodman would play no part in the negotiations.
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Rodman arrived in Singapore wearing a T-shirt promoting PotCoin, which has sponsored his travel to North Korea in the past.
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