After rumors and even denial that they were dating, Korean stars Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo shocked fans today when they announced that they are getting married.
Blossom Entertainment, the 31-year-old actor's agency, and UAA, the management company of the 35-year-old actress, released an official statement early on Wednesday about the wedding that will take place on October 31 this year.
"First of all, we give our thanks to the Korean and international fans who have shown a lot of interest in and love for Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. Also, we ask for your understanding as we convey this surprising news," the agencies said, according to Soompi.
They added, "Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo will be holding a wedding ceremony on the final day of October, 2017. A marriage is not only a private matter but also a meeting between two families, so it was a delicate situation in many ways."
"There was no choice but to be cautious prior to marriage, and so we are at last conveying this message. We ask for everyone's understanding. We ask for you to send the couple best wishes for their beautiful future together, and the two actors will be conveying the news to their fans separately. Thank you," the announcement ended.
The announcement came as Song Hye Kyo's camp dismissed a TV report that said she and Song Joong Ki were in Bali, Indonesia together.
"We don't know exactly what kind of information 'Section TV' aired since we didn't watch the broadcast, but we don't even think it's worth responding to it," the actress' camp said.
Following the wedding announcement, a Korean entertainment news website published photos of the two together in Tokyo, Japan, claiming it was the couple's first date.
The rumors of the romance between the two started when they starred in the Korean drama "Descendants of the Sun" last year.
Last May, the Korea Herald reported that Song Joong Ki bought an $8.9 million house in the posh area of Itaewon in Seoul that may become the couple's home after they get married.