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Who is Yeonmi Park's ex-husband, Ezekiel? North Korean activist touches on divorce

Eve Edwards August 4, 2021
Who is Yeonmi Park's ex-husband, Ezekiel? North Korean activist touches on divorce
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Yeonmi Park is back in the limelight as she appears on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this August 2021. The North Korean human rights activist is known for her memoir, In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.

In the podcast, Yeonmi discusses fleeing from North Korea, her new life in America, and her marriage and subsequent divorce. Yeonmi Park divorced from ex-husband Ezekiel in 2020, three years after they wed.

Now, listeners to the podcast are curious about what happened to Ezekiel. We’ve done some digging to find out what happened with Yeonmi Park and her husband.

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Who is Yeonmi Park’s ex-husband?

  • Ezekiel

Yeonmi Park was married to an American man named Ezekiel. They are thought to have wed on 4 January 2017, given a marriage anniversary post Yeonmi shared to Facebook in 2020. Another report states they were married days earlier on 1 January 2017.

Although they have since separated, Yeonmi has plenty of pictures of them all over her Instagram profile.

Yeonmi discusses separation from Ezekiel

Although Ezekiel remains a fixture on her Instagram profile, she has not opened up much on their separation.

Their divorce was confirmed by Yeonmi in one of her YouTube videos. On 30 January 2021, the human rights activist shared a live stream to YouTube titled ‘Let’s Talk about the Lies – North Korean Defector‘.

In this video, Yeonmi was asked about her marriage. She says: “I was married but not anymore.”

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What about their son?

Yeonmi Park and Ezekiel have one son together, named James.

On 8 October 2018, Yeonmi shared an Instagram post about the birth of her son. It has since been deleted, but the caption was also shared to Yeonmi’s official Twitter account. She wrote: “Life is a miracle. I never knew I would survive starvation and become a mother of this beautiful angel. No matter what, let’s not lose hope.”

It is thought that James was born on 18 March 2018. This means that he will now be three years old.

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