Korean actors and famous couple Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are splitting up less than two years after their fairytale marriage, the couple addressed on Thursday, shocking fans across Asia.
The co-stars of the 2016 hit television melodrama Descendants of the Sun — who played a soldier and doctor who fall in love — planned to seek a divorce due to personality differences.
In a statement issued by his lawyer, “I have begun the arbitration process for divorce from Song Hye-kyo,” said Song Joong-ki, 33.
“Both of us hope to settle the divorce process in a smooth manner, rather than debating wrongdoing and blaming each other,” he furthered.
Song Hye-kyo, 37, noted “differences in personality” as the reason for their divorce, her talent agency said in a statement.
Dubbed the SongSong couple are part of the “Korean Wave” of drama and popular music that has swept through the rest of Asia.
Song Hye-kyo, who first gained fame with a role in the 2000 TV series Autumn in My Heart, was among the guests at a state dinner in Beijing when South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited China in 2017.
Fans rushed to social media to mourn the breakup of what some called the “perfect couple.”
@BbHourBlythe posted on Twitter, “It’s the end of ‘once’ a beautiful love story. I will remain a fan!”