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South Korean celebrities Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are to divorce after less than two years of marriage. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters

Korean drama Descendants of the Sun power couple Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki announce divorce

  • Personality differences cited by Song Hye-kyo for end of marriage, less than two years after the actors tied the knot
  • Both starred in 2016 hit television melodrama Descendants of the Sun, playing a soldier and doctor who fall in love

South Korean actors Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are splitting up less than two years after their fairy tale marriage, the couple said 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.

“I have begun the arbitration process for divorce from Song Hye-kyo,” Song Joong-ki, 33, said in a statement issued by his lawyer.

“Both of us hope to settle the divorce process in a smooth manner, rather than debating wrongdoing and blaming each other,” he added.

Song Hye-kyo, 37, cited “differences in personality” as the reason for their divorce, her talent agency said in a statement.

The SongSong couple, as they were dubbed by the media, are part of the “Korean Wave” of drama and popular music that has swept through the rest of Asia.

Song Joong-ki, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-kyo at the couple’s wedding.

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 break-up of what some called the “perfect couple”.

“It’s the end of ‘once’ a beautiful love story,” @BbHourBlythe said on Twitter. “I will remain a fan!”