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SEOUL, July 5 (Yonhap) — Star actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, who appeared as a fictional couple in the hit TV series “Descendants of the Sun,” announced Wednesday they are getting married in October.
“Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo plan to marry on Oct. 31,” said Blossom Entertainment and UAA, the companies representing the two stars.
The early morning announcement came as a surprise to many, as the two have flatly denied news reports that they were dating.
“The situation demanded caution as marriage is a joining of not just two people but of two families,” the companies said.
The two stars played a soldier-doctor couple in the KBS 2TV’s hugely successful 2016 series set in the fictional war-torn country of Uruk. The 16-episode drama was sensationally popular not only in Korea but also around Asia, especially in China. At one point, its viewership hit 38.8 percent on its home turf.
Rumors of the two dating first surfaced last year when an anonymous Internet user claimed to have spotted them shopping and dining together in New York.
Last month, MBC TV reported that the couple recently vacationed together in Bali, Indonesia. The companies then acknowledged that their stars had gone to Bali but denied they traveled together.
The “Song Song couple” revealed the secret wedding plan to their inner circle about a month ago.
“It’s a personal issue so we never asked first, but Song Joong-ki had a serious discussion with us about a month ago, and that’s when we started deliberating when to make the announcement,” Kim Jung-yong of Blossom Entertainment said.
Timing-wise, it is speculated that the wedding news was made public now as to not distract from promotions for the actor’s new movie “Battleship Island,” which comes out later this month.
Since his debut in 2008 through “A Frozen Flower,” Song, 32, rose to fame in 2010’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and the TV show “Running Man” as one of the original cast members. The actor later propelled into mega stardom from his 2016 work in “Descendants.”
Song Hye-kyo, 35, entered show business by modeling in a school uniform commercial in 1996. She has appeared in a wide range of TV shows and movies, including “Soonpoong Clinic,” “Autumn in My Heart,” “Full House” and “Hwang Jin Yi.”