Rodman arrives in Singapore ahead of summit

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman broke down in tears live on television on Tuesday as he told of hostility he claimed to have faced for his "friendship" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Having developed a personal relationship with Kim Jong-un on frequent travels to North Korea, Rodman is one of the few Americans who can say he met him ahead of Trump's historic summit.

He went on to describe Kim as someone who loves taking selfies and is "a big kid, even though he's small". "Singapore, Tokyo, China. It's a great day. And I think that people see now that I do care what's really going on and that's why I'm over here". "I was sitting up protecting everything", said Rodman. Rodman has been to North Korea five times since the basketball-loving Kim came to power, often as a guest of Kim. "He wants his people to enjoy this life", said Mr Rodman, adding that Kim is "not a dumb man".

Asked whether the White House had been in contact, Rodman said Trump's secretary had called him to say, "Donald Trump is so proud of you, he says thank you".

"I'm out of it". While some can't get over the fact that Dennis was crying, other's are more bothered by the fact that he is suggesting he's the reason behind the summit. "Donald Trump should take a lot of credit because he went out of the box".

He was speaking just moments after Kim and Trump made history as they shook hands in Singapore.

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The eccentric star also said he got death threats following his return from North Korea in 2014. "Why do I feel like I just ran a marathon backwards?" another fan said. But I kept my head up high. I never had no one to hear me.

"I tried to do that to Obama, and he didn't even give me the time of day", he said. Rodman is not at the summit in any official capacity, invited by neither the USA nor the North Korean delegations.

Rodman defended the talks between himself and Kim and also those between Trump and Kim as "the right thing to do". "I said to everybody, the door will open", he said. "This guy wants to be around the world, he wants to go to America".

While Rodman won't be part of the official summit, his presence on the sidelines looks to cap off a weird personal success story of sorts.

Rodman told CNN's Chris Cuomo, he knew nothing about Kim or North Korea at the time and saw it simply as a charity trip.

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