Former basketball star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Dennis Rodman has today said he sings karaoke and skis with North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un.

The 56-year-old revealed the pair's bizarre friendship this morning and believes their connection could lead to peace with the United States.

Speaking to Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain, the American said he has been friends with Mr Jong-un since 2013 but they "barely discuss politics".

Morgan asked the former Chicago Bulls player about Jong-Un and begged him to take him to North Korea to visit the supreme leader.

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Rodman said: 'It was the fact that he loves basketball and I think that's the key for anything in the world - basketball and music.

"I think that's a great connection for anyone in the world, it so happens it has to be me. He obviously likes the Chicago Bulls, he asked me to come over and I said yes."

Rodman said he has visited North Korea 'six or seven' times and gave an insight into what the pair get up to.

He said: "It's amazing how we became such good friends with Russia all of a sudden with Donald Trump.

"For years and years over the course of time we became such a great relationship with Russia all of a sudden in America.

"But for some reason we have a big issue with North Korea.

"For me to go over there and see him as much as I have, I basically hang out with him all the time, we laugh, we sing karaoke, we do a lot of cool things together.

"We ride horses, we hang out, we go skiing, we hardly ever talk politics and that's the good thing about that."

He added: "Every time I see him hes always calm, he's always smiling especially when he's around family.

"If you see him just sit at a table he's just like everybody else. I know he tries to be a dictator and a madman but I've never seen anybody in my life have that much power, if it's good or bad.

"It's just fun that me saying something like that makes people say 'oh my God i'm protecting North Korea'.

"But it's not like that. I'm just bringing sports to North Korea, I've always said I'm not about politics. Not at all. I just go over there for sports. I've been there six or seven times.

"I ask if they hate me as an American and they say no they don't."

Describing the relationship with the US, he added: 'To me I think if the president even tries to reach out for Kim I think it will be a great possibility.

"Things can happen if Donald Trump, if they sit down, have some type of mutual conversation, they don't have to be like a friendship conversation, just a mutual conversation: saying hi I would love to engage in some words and politics and over the history of your country and my country and just try to start some dialogue. I think that'll open up maybe the door just a little bit."

Asked why he doesn't think he's a dangerous leader, Dennis said: "I'm not defending the marshal of North Korea. I'm not defending him, I'm not defending the fact that what he does as far as his country and his leadership.

"I think he has been passed a throne from his grandfather and his father. A lot of people say that the grandfather was worse than the father and the father is worse than the marshal today.

"I've got to hope. I've got to hope that the fact that we can actually try to come have some type of happy medium around the world, especially here in America.

"Like I say, I'm not defending him, I'm not defending the country, I just think the fact that I go over there, I see people and I talk to them, for me to see them gives me a hope for a different view about the country because I see it."

He concluded: "I don't love him. I just want to try to straighten things out for everyone to get along together, that's it."