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NBA legend Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong-un "more like a big kid"

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

Dennis Rodman, the former star and a good friend of Kim Jong-un, today said the reclusive young North Korean leader was "more like a big kid" who "loves to have a good time."

The ex-star broke down in tears during an interview to as and Kim held a historic meeting in a hotel on Singapore's and praised the US for thinking "out of the box".

Wearing a red "Make Great Again" baseball cap, the 57-year-old former Hall-of-Famer, who has travelled to several times, described the 34-year-old Kim a "good friend."

"He was taking selfies and all that," said of his various meetings with Kim. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to "

After helping train North Korean players and arranging to bring ex-players to the country, according to Rodman, Kim approached him to say, "Dennis, you know, this is the first time someone ever kept their word to me in this country."

The moment was emotional, said, adding that he then encouraged Trump to show his "heart" to Kim.

is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US -- he participated on Trump's pre-presidency reality TV show, "The Celebrity Apprentice" -- and Kim.

"It's a great day. I am here to see it. I'm so happy," Rodman, who arrived in overnight, said.

Rodman, who has previously boasted of his role in bringing the two leaders, who have traded threats and insults, together, described how he always believed in helping

"Once I got familiar with the culture and situation, I felt like I was at home," he said of his previous trips to the reclusive country, as part of a delegation.

"I think the fact that Trump would understand that the people of have a heart, they have soul, charisma, and they love each other," added Rodman.

Rodman said he didn't want to think about the politics of the situation.

"I don't want to see that, I want to see it go away... I want to see us get along. Have a smile, have a glass of iced tea. I don't want to worry about the war stuff, I don't know anything about that," he said.

"I'm out of it. I'm so happy just to be here, man, and see the whole world get as emotional as I did. should take a lot of credit because he went out of the box."

Rodman, who repeatedly praised 71-year-old Trump's willingness to engage with North Korea, said he was previously threatened for defending

"When I got home (from North Korea in 2014), I got so many death threats. I was sitting up protecting everything," said Rodman. "But I kept my head up high, brother. I knew things were gonna change. I was the only one."

Rodman claimed he tried talking to former US President "And Obama did not give me the time of day," he said.

Rodman, who expects the summit to be a success, said the outcome would be dependent on the ability of the two leaders to strike up a personal relationship.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 10:35 IST