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Descendants Of The Sun stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo to divorce

The Korean actor says he does not want to argue over who is to blame and wants the process to be wrapped up amicably.  

Descendants Of The Sun stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo to divorce

Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo got married in 2017 after starring in the hit TV series Descendants Of The Sun. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

Korean star couple, Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, are headed for divorce. The actor released an official statement through his lawyer on Thursday (Jun 27), in which he said he has “begun the process of filing for divorce”.

He apologised “for delivering this unfortunate news to the many fans who love and care for me” but said that he did not want to point fingers over who was to blame for the end of the marriage.

READ: A look back at the short-lived romance of Descendants of the Sun stars Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki

The 33-year-old continued: “Rather than denouncing one another and arguing over who is to blame, I hope that the divorce process can be wrapped up amicably.”

Song said it was difficult to discuss the details of his personal life and called for everyone’s understanding. He also said he would recover from his “current wounds” and would do his best to repay the fans with “great productions in the future”.

Song’s lawyer confirmed that the divorce was filed at the Seoul Family Court on Wednesday.

Song Hye-kyo, 37, was last seen in the romantic TV series Encounter with co-star Park Bo-gum. According to several media reports, Park's agency on Thursday said they would take "strict legal action" against any rumours being spread in regard to the two co-stars.

A scene from Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum's drama Encounter. (Photo: Blossom Entertainment/Facebook)

In a separate statement, Song Hye-kyo's agency asked the public to avoid "speculative media reports and comments" on the split, adding that the reason for divorce was "a difference in personality".

Fans rushed to social media to mourn the breakup of what some called the "perfect couple".

News of the divorce, which broke Thursday morning, dominated both the South's Naver portal, with six of its top 10 search terms linked to it, and Twitter in the country, where the top four trending words were related.

The high-profile couple, dubbed the SongSong couple, got married in October 2017 after they both starred in the mega-hit TV series Descendants Of The Sun in 2016.

According to Koreaboo, just one month ago, Song had said that his marriage had led him to become “more emotionally stable”. He said this during a press conference for his latest drama Arthdal Chronicles. “Nothing changed too drastically, but I do feel like I’ve become more emotionally stable as a result. I feel like all married people would understand this feeling.”

Song Hye-kyo first gained fame with a role in the 2000 TV series Autumn in My Heart and was among the guests at a state dinner in Beijing when South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited China in 2017.

Source: CNA/sr