Through thick and thin

De­scen­dants Of The Sun stars open up about their love.

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IN his first re­marks since drop­ping a sur­prise wed­ding an­nounce­ment, ac­tor Song Joong-ki re­vealed that he and ac­tress Song Hye-kyo made a life­time com­mit­ment to each other on New Year’s Day, said re­ports.

For more than a year, the stars of the hit South Korean mil­i­tary ro­mance De­scen­dants Of The Sun had dis­missed ru­mours that they were dat­ing in real life. Now, they are set to wed on Oct 31.

In a let­ter pub­lished on his fan page last week, the 31-year- old ac­tor de­scribed his 35-year-old co-star as a “pre­cious friend” he made in the course of a project that would change his ca­reer.

The drama was shot in Greece and South Ko­rea in 2015 and pre­miered in Fe­bru­ary last year, sweep­ing Asian view­ers off their feet.

After the two con­firmed their feel­ings for each other and be­came a cou­ple, he wrote, “at the be­gin­ning of 2017, we made a promise to each other to spend the rest of our lives to­gether”, ac­cord­ing to al­lkpop web­site.

“We’ll fill what we each lack with love, and we’ll live a new life where we can face dif­fi­cul­ties to­gether.”

In Jan­uary, he also bought a two-storey house in the posh Seoul neigh­bour­hood of Itae­won-dong, which may be their mar­i­tal home, The Ko­rea Her­ald re­ported.

In his let­ter, the ac­tor said he had not been able to re­veal his mar­riage plans sooner, out of re­spect for his fam­ily. He added that he did not want to “cause any harm” to his up­com­ing film, The Bat­tle­ship Is­land, ac­cord­ing to Yon­hap News Agency.

In her note on her fan page, Song Hye-kyo said she felt she and her co-star had sim­i­lar val­ues and they stayed in con­tact as close col­leagues and friends after the project was com­pleted.

“The trust he made me feel after a long time and the trust in the fu­ture I had with him made me re­alise his sin­cere feel­ings to­wards me. That’s when I be­came sure.”

Ru­mours of the real-life ro­mance sur­faced in March last year, after they were seen to­gether in New York.

Osen web­site, quot­ing a source who is close to the two Songs, said they be­gan dat­ing be­fore the show aired.

The source said: “In the be­gin­ning of last year, Song Joong-ki se­cretly sent snacks to Song Hye-kyo while she was par­tic­i­pat­ing in a photo shoot. This was be­fore De­scen­dants Of The Sun aired and the staff mem­bers were con­fused as to why Song Joong-ki was there.”

Last Thurs­day, the ac­tor’s buddy, Run­ning Man star Lee Kwang-soo, re­acted to the cou­ple’s news with com­i­cal con­fu­sion.

Lee posted on In­sta­gram a photo of a stone, on which his friend had writ­ten “Joong Ki (hearts) Kwang Soo” in Oc­to­ber 2015, dur­ing the De­scen­dants shoot in Greece, and asked: “So then what was all this?” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

Ac­tors Song Joong-ki (left) and Song Hye-kyo in a photo she posted on In­sta­gram in June last year. — SONG HYE-KYO

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