TIMELINE: The last 4 years of the Song-Song couple

Jee Y. Geronimo
TIMELINE: The last 4 years of the Song-Song couple
(UPDATED) Here’s a quick lookback at the story of 'Descendants of the Sun' stars Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Hearts are broken all over the world following news that our favorite reel-to-real Korean drama (K-drama) couple Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo have filed for divorce after almost two years of marriage. 

The elusive couple surprised everyone in 2017 when they went from denying dating rumors to announcing their wedding in the same year. Here’s a quick lookback at their love story. 

MAY 28, 2015 

Just two days after he was discharged from the military, Song Joong-ki attends the script reading for Descendants of the Sun. Also in attendance is his leading lady, Song Hye-kyo. News that they will team up for the project came out a month before the script reading. 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 

Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, and the rest of the cast and crew fly to Greece to film overseas 

DECEMBER 30, 2015 

The cast and crew of the pre-produced drama wrap their filming.  

FEBRUARY 2016-APRIL 2016    

Descendants of the Sun airs in South Korea. The drama is about a soldier and a surgeon who fall in love while on the front lines of a fictional war-torn country, Uruk. 

MARCH 2016

Dating rumors start circulating. Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki deny they’re dating after they are spotted in New York together.  

JUNE 3, 2016 

Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo attend the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards ceremony together. Their drama wins the Daesang (Grand Prize) that night, while the couple took home popularity awards for the drama. The two racked up more awards at the year-end KBS Drama Awards.  

JUNE 17, 2016   

Song Hye-kyo makes a surprise appearance at Song Joong-ki’s fan meeting in China. During the fan meeting, Song Joong-ki tells the actress she’s “really pretty,” while Song Hye-kyo says the actor is “very sincere and thoughtful when filming. I think he’s really cool.” 

A day after, Song Hye-kyo posts a photo of her with Song Joong-ki using the hashtag #songsongcouple, the couple’s nickname.

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유시진씨 팬미팅 #태양의후예 #유시진 #강모연 #songsongcouple

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JUNE 2017 

The couple are rumored to be dating again, as the two were spotted in Bali, Indonesia, for different activities. Song Hye-kyo’s agency clarifies that she went to Bali “to attend a meeting for a project, not to meet Song Joong-ki.” 

JULY 5, 2017 

Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki’s agencies release a joint statement announcing the couple’s plan to marry in October of the same year. The statement reads: 

“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,” the statement added. “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 two also release separate statements. Song Hye-kyo says that throughout the project, she realized how they both had similar values and ideas, and that “it would be good to spend my future with him.” 

Song Joong-ki, meanwhile, says that after filming the drama, he “gained another precious friend who I shared my honest feelings with, and we developed a loving relationship.”

“At the start of 2016, we promised to spend the rest of our lives together by understanding each others’ weaknesses and helping each other through harsh times. So I will be starting a new life with Miss Song Hye Kyo through our wedding on the last day of October 2017,” he says.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 

The couple tie the knot in a star-studded wedding. Their agencies also share pre-nup photos taken in San Francisco in September 2017, according to the Straits Times

NOVEMBER 3, 2017

Song Hye-kyo posts one of the couple’s wedding photos on Instagram, with the caption: “Thank you so much for your sincere understanding and interest and also for blessing us with loving hearts.” This is the last time she posts a photo of her with Song Joong-ki on Instagram. 


The two take on their first K-drama projects since Descendants of the Sun and the wedding: Boyfriend (Encounter) for Song Hye-kyo, and Arthdal Chronicles for Song Joong-ki. Boyfriend starts airing in November 2018, while Song Joong-ki starts filming Arthdal Chronicles in December 2018

In an Esquire interview released in August, Song Joong-ki says that even months after the wedding, “I still feel like we’re dating.” 

“And honestly, my wife is so pretty,” he adds. 

MAY 28, 2019 

During promotional activities for Arthdal Chronicles, Song Joong-ki again talks about his wife, saying she “has been a constant cheerleader for me” as he filmed the K-drama. 

His statement comes after months of divorce rumors.  

JUNE 27, 2019  

Song Joong-ki’s camp announces he has filed for divorce from Song Hye-kyo, saying that “rather than denouncing one another and arguing over who is to blame, I hope that the divorce process can be wrapped up amicably.” 

Song Hye-kyo’s agency says the reason for the divorce is “differences in personality.” 

JULY 22, 2019  

Yonhap reports that the Seoul Family Court has granted the divorce of the ex-couple.

In a statement, Song Hye-kyo’s management United Artists Agency says that under the divorce arrangement, there will be no division of property or settlement of money. – Rappler.com 

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.