Last month, reports of Song Joong Ki, 34, tearing down and rebuilding his Itaewon house surfaced. At the time, news agencies stated that it was his marital home with Song Hye Kyo, 38, when they were still a couple.
With his agency refusing to confirm or deny the rumours by saying that they would not comment on his personal life, it was regarded as the truth by the general public.
However, Hye Kyo stepped forward to clear the air yesterday (Apr 8) after reports of her selling her home “in a hurry” surfaced online.
“The house [that Song Joong Ki is tearing down] is owned by Song Joong Ki and was not [the Song-Song couple’s] newlywed home. Song Hye Kyo has never lived in that house,” said her management agency in a statement.
In addition, they shot down reports of Hye Kyo hurriedly putting her home on sale for lower than market price. Korean news agencies had reported that the actress sold a Samseong-dong home for 8.2bil won (S$9.6mil), which is lower than its current valuation, because it holds too many bad memories of her life there with her ex-husband.
Her agency said, “It’s disappointing that misinformation that infringe on her privacy has been reported. That property was put up for sale a year ago and there was a misunderstanding that she wanted to sell it quickly, which caused [undue] speculation (…) It’s ridiculous that a property put on sale a year ago became the root of another rumour.”
The former golden couple has never shared details of their marriage and divorce, which has caused much speculation after their split was announced last June. There had been accusations of infidelity directed on both of parties in the days after their divorce, and the pair's continued silence has left industry watchers assuming that they have signed a non-disclosure agreement.
In related news, Joong Ki was reported to have purchased a US$2.8mil (S$4mil) luxury apartment in Hawaii last December. The apartment is said to be located near the famed Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu, and is believed to be his vacation home. He was spotted by netizens in Hawaii with his family last November, which was when he reportedly checked out potential homes on the island.
The former couple tied the knot on October 31, 2017 and were legally married for 20 months.