This morning, we awoke to the shocking news of Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (also known as the Song-Song couple) splitting. Joong Ki had released a statement via his lawyer to say that he had filed for a divorce.
A statement released by the 37-year-old actress’ agency, UAA, cited “personality differences” for the breakdown in their marriage.
However, Chinese media have speculated that the split happened due to their age gap and rumours that the couple have been unfaithful to each other.
In February, reports that Joong Ki, 33, had cheated in the marriage with his wife’s makeup artist began to surface online, according to Taiwan’s Apple Daily.
The makeup artist later uploaded a wefie with Hye-kyo herself, in a move seen as an attempt to quell the cheating rumours.
Meanwhile, fellow actor Park Bo Gum has been embroiled in the real-life drama as well, with rumours saying he was involved in a relationship with Hye Kyo.
Social media users have pointed out that Hye Kyo has a history of dating her drama co-stars, such as Lee Byung Hun in the 2003 drama All In and Hyun Bin in 2008’s The World That They Live In.
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She and Bo Gum were the leads in Encounter, a 2018 drama series.
A representative told media outlets today (June 27), “We are planning to take strict legal action against the rumours being spread around in regard to Park Bo-gum, shortly after news of Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki’s divorce became a huge topic.
“It seems that such rumours were fabricated as Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum recently worked on a production together. We are also in the process of discussing legal action against other rumours outside of the recent divorce rumours,” the statement continued.
According to United Daily News, Hye Kyo has unfollowed what is believed to be the private Instagram account of Joong Ki, although his public account still follows hers.
A quick check showed that she is no longer following his public account.
Image: Song Hye Kyo’s Instagram, Weibo, Instagram
Text: Joey Lee / AsiaOne / June 2019