Song Hye-kyo (Korean: 송혜교; born November 22, 1981)[A] is a South Korean actress. She gained international popularity through her leading roles in television dramas Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House (2004), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016), and Encounter (2018). Her film work includes Hwang Jin Yi (2007), The Grandmaster (2013), My Brilliant Life (2014), and The Queens (2015).
In 2017, Song Hye-kyo ranked 7th in Forbes magazine's Korea Power Celebrity list, and 6th in 2018. She is referred to as one of "The Troika" along with Kim Tae-hee and Jun Ji-hyun, collectively known by the acronym "Tae-Hye-Ji".
Early life and education
When Song was born, she was sick and her parents and doctors thought that she would not survive. Upon her recovery, Song's parents registered her birth on February 26, 1982 (instead of her actual birthdate, November 22, 1981).
Song's parents divorced when she was a young girl, and she was raised by her mother. They moved from her birthplace in Daegu to the Gangnam District in Seoul, where she trained as a figure skater in elementary school but quit when she was in the eighth grade. Though Song considered herself shy and introverted, she was described by her high school teacher as having a "cheerful character, she mixed well with her friends and was always in a bright mood." Song Hye-kyo attended college at Sejong University, where she majored in Film Arts.
1996–2004: Debut, breakthrough and international fame
In 1996, the 14-year-old Song, then a third-year junior high school student, won first place in the SunKyung Smart Model Contest, and she made her entertainment debut as a model for the school uniform company. This led to her being cast in a small role in her first television drama, First Love. She would continue to appear in a string of various dramas and sitcoms, notably Soonpoong Clinic. But it wasn't until the KBS drama Autumn in My Heart in 2000 with Song Seung-heon and Won Bin that she rose to fame in Korea and throughout Asia. The romantic melodrama series was a ratings success, pioneering a trend in Korean melodramatic series and launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave" and leading to Song becoming a Hallyu star.
In 2003, her popularity continued to climb when she played a leading role alongside Lee Byung-hun in the gambling drama All In, which drew solid viewership ratings nationwide throughout its run with a peak viewer rating of 47.7 percent. The following year, she co-starred with singer Rain in the hit romantic comedy series Full House. The drama achieved pan-Asia success and established Song as one of the most well-known Korean actresses in Asia.
2005–2012: Film debut and overseas ventures
Early 2005, Song went to San Francisco to study English and later traveled to Seattle. Song took time off to recharge herself after the successful Asia drama Full House. "I have had a good rest. It was a good opportunity to reflect on myself," said Song. Song returned to Korea on March 5, 2005. The same year, Song made her big-screen debut in My Girl and I (a Korean remake of Crying Out Love in the Center of the World), which was panned by audiences and critics alike. Vocal about her dissatisfaction with typecasting in the roles she was being offered, Song proved in the following year that she took on different roles.
She returned to the big-screen in 2007, as the titular gisaeng in the film adaptation of Hwang Jin Yi. Because they found Song's image "too cute," Jun Ji-hyun and Soo Ae were the producers' original choices for the role, but Song went on a rigorous diet and surprised them with her will and desire to be Hwang Jini. A year later, she made her American debut in the Hollywood indie Make Yourself at Home (formerly titled Fetish), a psychological thriller about a girl who was born to a shaman mother and tries to flee her fate by becoming an immigrant bride in the U.S. Despite Song's attempts to challenge herself, both films underwhelmed at the box office.
She made her TV comeback in late 2008 with The World That They Live In (also known as Worlds Within), a series set at a broadcast station in which Song and Hyun Bin played drama PDs who work together and fall in love.
In 2010, she starred in Camellia, an omnibus film made up of three short films directed by three Asian directors. Each episode is set in the past, present, and future of the city of Busan. In the film's final segment Love for Sale, Song and Kang Dong-won played former lovers who forget their memories about each other which later leads them to a fatal destiny.
Considered one of Korea's most beautiful women, in early 2011 Song released the photobook Song Hye-kyo's Moment which was shot by top photographers in Atlanta, New York City, Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Paris, the Netherlands and Brazil. Proceeds from the sales of the photo book was donated to a children's foundation.
Song then played a documentary filmmaker who finds the strength to forgive the 17-year-old boy who killed her fiancé but instead of redemption finds only greater tragedy in A Reason to Live (Korean title: Today), which after several delays was released in October 2011. Song was a huge fan of director Lee Jeong-hyang and had actively sought her out, and though she had difficulty getting into character, Song said she fell in love with the script and felt her acting had matured. She considers the film "a turning point" in her life.
In 2011, she became the first Asian actress to sign a contract with French global agency Effigies, paving the way for her possible entry into the European market. She released a photo-essay book in 2012 titled It's Time for Hye-kyo.
Song then played a supporting role in The Grandmaster, Chinese director Wong Kar-wai's biographical film about Bruce Lee's kung fu master Ip Man, for which she learned Cantonese and martial arts. She later admitted there had been "a bit of friction and misunderstanding" with Wong while filming, but that the difficulties helped her mature.
2013–present: Career resurgence
Song reunited with the writer and director of Worlds Within in That Winter, the Wind Blows, a 2013 remake of 2002 Japanese drama Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer"). She played a blind heiress in the melodrama, opposite a con man pretending to be her long-lost brother (played by Jo In-sung). That Winter, the Wind Blows placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Song and Jo were praised for their performances. Song won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 2nd APAN Star Awards.
In 2014, Song reunited with Kang Dong-won in My Brilliant Life, E J-yong's film adaptation of Kim Aeran's bestselling novel My Palpitating Life about a couple who watched their son suffering from progeria grow prematurely old.
Romantic epic The Crossing was Song's second Chinese film to be released and was directed by John Woo (Woo's longtime friend and producer Terence Chang has been managing Song's overseas activities since 2008). Previously titled 1949 and Love and Let Love, the long-gestating project had originally been announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, then cancelled in 2009, and revived again in 2011. Woo's recovery from tonsil tumor removal in 2012 led to another delay due to scheduling conflicts among the cast, and Song finally began filming in June 2013. The Crossing is based on the true story of the Taiping steamer collision and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories in Taiwan and Shanghai during the 1930s; Song played the daughter of a wealthy banker.
Another Chinese film followed in 2015, The Queens, a contemporary romantic comedy about three cosmopolitan women – an actress, a PR specialist and a gallery manager – who manipulate friends and put down their enemies as they play the game of love. Also starring Joe Chen and Vivian Wu, it was actress Annie Yi's directorial debut.
In 2016, Song starred in the mega-hit romantic comedy series Descendants of the Sun, an intense drama about an army captain (played by Song Joong-ki) and a surgeon who fall in love while working amidst disaster-torn areas. The drama was incredibly popular in Korea with a peak viewership rating of 41.6% and in Asia, where it was viewed 2.5 billion times on iQiyi. The popularity of the drama reestablished Song as a leader of the Hallyu, and she topped popularity polls in Asia and was noted for her immense brand recognition in South Korea. Song won Daesang (Grand Prize), the highest award at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards along with her co-star, Song Joong-ki.
After a two-year hiatus, she returned in the small screen with romantic-melodrama Encounter alongside Park Bo-gum.
On July 5, 2017, Song and Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Joong-ki announced through their respective agencies that they were engaged. They married in a private ceremony on October 31, 2017 at Youngbingwan, Hotel Shilla in Seoul, amid intense media interest across Asia. It was attended by the couple's closest family and friends, including actors Lee Kwang-soo, Yoo Ah-in, and Park Bo-gum who also played the piano at the wedding reception.
On June 27, 2019, Song Joong-ki revealed that he had filed for divorce with Song Hye-kyo the previous day. The divorce was finalised in July 2019.
On July 25, 2019, Song filed a complaint against 15 online netizens for “spread of false information, defamation of character and insult.” While the reason for the divorce was cited by the talent agency as personal differences, rumors surrounding the scandal included claims that Song had entered into a sham marriage for the sake of enhancing her celebrity image. This allegation gained some credence as it was reported that the actress rarely or never attended her husband's family's events and the couple had purchased a $12 million home in Seoul which was never occupied. One of the netizens has been charged with defamation of character for writing a blog post this past June alleging that the reason for Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki's divorce was the actress’ secret “sponsor” in China.
In August 2014, following inadvertent exposure by a politician overseeing the administration of the National Tax Service of South Korea, Song made a public apology for committing tax evasion when she claimed undocumented expenses. With her omitted income tax from 2009 to 2011 totaling ₩2.56 billion, she argued that her accountant had mishandled her paper work without her knowledge. After receiving notification from the NTS in October 2012, Song paid the tax balance due plus understatement of income tax penalties in the aggregate of ₩3.8 billion (US$3.7 million). Song was again billed another ₩700 million in April 2014 against her 2008 tax filing, a result of the legally required five-year audit neglected since the 2012 notification. On August 18 of that year, Park Beom-gye, a New Politics Alliance for Democracy member, subsequently led the aforementioned governmental inquiries of the NTS, making kompromat of a delinquent taxpayer receiving preferential treatment with reference to an "Actress 'S,'" whom the local newspaper DongA Ilbo the very next day revealed to be Song Hye-kyo.
Song actively participates in voluntary work, especially with animals. She participates in activities related by KARA regularly.
Song is also known for her frequent and large social donations.
Collaboration with Professor Seo Kyung-duk
A representative from Song's agency said, "Because Song has travelled extensively for work, she has become aware of how important it is for tourists to be able to read information in their own language.” Song, in collaboration with professor Seo Kyung-duk of Sungshin Women's University, decided to donate brochures or information in Korean to various historic Korean sites, art galleries, and museums in the world. Professor Seo praised Song who is supporting her country quietly.
- In January 2012, Song and Seo funded publication of a new MoMA Korean guidebook in New York City. "Song covered the cost of publishing a new Korean guidebook for MoMA," said Seo.
- In April 2012, Song covered the cost for the production of the new Korean brochure for Yun Bong-gil Memorial Hall in Shanghai, China.
- In October 2012, Song funded the creation of an application for smartphone users to provide information on museums associated with Korea overseas. It was launched to mark Hangeul (Korean alphabet) Day.
- In November 2012, Song and Seo installed a promotional video box about Korea at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
- Song is acutely aware of the challenges faced by the visually impaired when she played a blind person in That Winter, the Wind Blows. In March 2013, she sponsored the publication of guidebooks for the blind at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan.
- In August 2013, Song and Korea PR expert Seo Kyung-duk donated a relief work of three independence fighters to the Yi Jun Peace Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.
- In October 2013, Song and Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk donated guidebooks in Korean at An Jung-geun Memorial Hall in Harbin, China.
- In November 2013, Korea PR specialist Seo Kyung-duk and the fan club of Song Hye-kyo announced that they had donated Korean guidebooks to National History Museum in Uzbekistan.
- In April 2014, Song and Seo donated 10,000 Korean information pamphlets for the building of the now-defunct Provisional Government of Korea in Hangzhou, China.
- In April 2015, Song donated money to print brochures at a church in New York City, which has been deemed as a historic Korean site.
- In April 2016, Song and Seo donated 10,000 Korean language brochures to the historic site of the Korean Provisional Government in Changsha. She has donated Korean language brochures to the Statue of Liberty in New York City too.
- In August 2016, to commemorate the National Liberation Day of Korea on August 15, Song and professor Seo donated a total of 10,000 brochures to the Utoro Village in Japan.
- In December 2016, Song and Professor Seo donated 10,000 copies of a Korean guidebook to Yun Bong-gil Memorial Hall in Shanghai for commemoration of his passing day (December 19, 1932).
- In March 2017, Song celebrated the Independence Movement Day by donating 10,000 copies of a Korean guidebook to historic Korean sites in Tokyo.
- In May 2017, Song and Seo supplied Korean guidebooks to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
- In August 2017, Song and Seo donated guidebooks about the Korean historical sites located in Kyoto.
- In August 2019, Song and Seo donated information guide leaflets to the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Chongqing, China, on Thursday to celebrate Korea's National Liberation Day.
Educational, music, radio and entertainment shows
Awards and nominations
|1996||SunKyung Smart Model Contest||Grand Prize (Daesang)||N/A||Won|||
|1998||SBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress in a Sitcom||Soonpoong Clinic, How Am I?||Won|||
|2000||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Autumn in My Heart||Nominated|
|Photogenic Award, Actress||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|2001||37th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|||
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|
|Gold Song Awards (Hong Kong)||Top Korean Star||N/A||Won|||
|16th Golden Disk Awards||Popular Music Video Award||Kim Bum-soo's Once Upon a Day||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Guardian Angel||Won|||
|2002||CETV Awards||Top 10 Asian Entertainers||N/A||Won|||
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||All In||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2004||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Sunlight Pours Down||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in Drama Special||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Full House||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|Best Couple with Rain||Won|
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2006||42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||My Girl and I||Nominated|||
|43rd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|||
|2007||6th Korean Film Awards||Hwang Jin Yi||Won|||
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Nominated|||
|2008||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Worlds Within||Nominated|
|2009||Shanghai New Entertainment All Star Charity Awards||Most Charming Charity Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|43rd Taxpayer's Day||Prime Minister's Commendation||N/A||Won|||
|2011||12th Women in Film Korea Awards||Best Actress||A Reason to Live||Won|||
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||That Winter, the Wind Blows||Nominated|||
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|||
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2016||52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Descendants of the Sun||Nominated|||
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Won|||
|iQiyi Global Star Award||Won|||
|5th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Song Joong-ki||Won|||
|30th KBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Song Joong-ki||Won|
|Asia Best Couple with Song Joong-ki||Won|
|7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||President's Award||N/A||Won|||
- Song Hye-kyo was born on November 22, 1981, while her registered birth date is February 26, 1982.
- The name '宋慧喬' with a different third Hanja '喬' is not her real Korean name in Hanja; it was the most commonly used Hanja character by most Chinese-language media outlets prior to Song's revelation in 2016.
- 송혜교, 조촐한 생일파티 공개 '수수하지만 빛나는 미모'. My Daily (in Korean). November 28, 2012.
- "Actress Song Hye-kyo Joins Famed Director Wong Kar-wai's Studio". The Chosun Ilbo. April 16, 2019.
- "Song Hye-kyo's signature".
- "[SPECIAL EDITION (1)] 박보검·송중기 한국 최고 파워 셀러브리티". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). February 23, 2017.
- "[2018 대한민국 셀러브리티(8)] 한국 연예계의 세대교체". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). March 23, 2018.
- "'Tae-Hye-Ji' sweeping Korea's entertainment biz". Kpop Herald. August 25, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
- 스크린으로 돌아온 만인의 연인 송혜교. The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). October 19, 2011.
- 송혜교 ‘어느새 데뷔 10년차!’ 기념 팬미팅. Herald Corporation (in Korean). November 25, 2005.
- I History Attests to Korean Stars' All-Natural Looks. The Chosun Ilbo. June 6, 2006.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Believes She's Become More Masculine Over Time". enewsWorld. August 29, 2014. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014.
- 고졸?대학중퇴? 송혜교 프로필 논란. MT (in Korean). November 2, 2008.
- "Top 5 female hallyu stars whose look barely changed over time". The Korea Herald. June 19, 2014.
- 「순풍 산부인과」 내달 초 종영. Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). November 16, 2000.
- "[My Homepage] 탤런트 송혜교". MK (in Korean). October 23, 2001.
- "Song Hye-kyo Continues Winning Streak in Hit TV Soap". The Chosun Ilbo. March 29, 2016.
- "[인터뷰] SBS 드라마 '올인' 출연하는 송혜교". Hankyung (in Korean). January 7, 2003.
- . Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). March 27, 2003.
- 또 한편의 신데렐라 스토리 출격준비 완료. Cine21 (in Korean). July 9, 2004.
- "10 Hallyu Stars". The Korea Times. October 14, 2007.
- [스타매력탐방] '풀하우스'의 여주인 송혜교. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). October 18, 2014.
- Song Hye-gyo to Resume Acting Soon. KBS Global. March 7, 2005.
- A Giant Leap for Song Hye-kyo?. The Chosun Ilbo. December 22, 2005.
- Song Hye-kyo Sheds Cute Image for Gisaeng Role. The Chosun Ilbo. March 27, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo, "Hwangjini only held one man in her heart". Broasia via Hancinema. June 1, 2007.
- New Song picked for Hwang Jin Yi. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 17, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo Poised for U.S. Debut. The Chosun Ilbo. November 22, 2007.
- Song Hye-kyo Reveals a Dark Side in New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. November 23, 2010.
- "Hwang Is Lovely But Lackluster". The Korea Times. May 24, 2007.
- Jeon Ji-hyun Takes a Big-Screen Gamble. The Chosun Ilbo. January 25, 2008.
- Song Hye-go, Hyun Bin Star in New KBS Drama Series. KBS Global. October 28, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo Goes Behind the Scenes in New Drama. The Chosun Ilbo. October 25, 2008.
- Gang Dong-won, Song Hye-kyo start filming Love. 10Asia. January 20, 2010.
- Fans of Snubbed Beauties up in Arms. The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2005.
- "Song Hye-kyo Ranked Among 100 Most Beautiful Face". The Chosun Ilbo. December 14, 2010.
- Song Hye-kyo Returns to Spotlight with Photobook. The Chosun Ilbo. January 28, 2011.
- Glam picture book. Korea JoongAng Daily. January 31, 2011.
- Actress’ limited-edition photo essay selling fast. Korea JoongAng Daily. February 10, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo's new film to open in theaters next month. 10Asia. September 6, 2011.
- In new film, director puts spotlight back on women. Korea JoongAng Daily. October 7, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo says was difficult getting into character for new movie. 10Asia. September 26, 2011.
- Song Hye Kyo: 'It Is My Honor To Be Compared to Actress Shim Eun Ha'. KBS Global. September 27, 2011.
- Song stars as grieving documentary maker. The Korea Herald. September 27, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo Returns with New Movie. The Chosun Ilbo. October 22, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo finishes shooting upcoming drama flick. 10Asia. March 23, 2011.
- Song Hye-kyo: I will not think lightly about forgiveness anymore. 10Asia. October 8, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo – Part 1. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Song Hye-kyo – Part 2. 10Asia. November 3, 2011.
- "Actress Song Hye-kyo Talks About Life and Work in Book of Essays". The Chosun Ilbo. September 3, 2012.
- Song Hye-kyo to appear in Wong Kar-wai biopic. 10Asia. December 21, 2009.
- Song Hye-kyo to Star in Wong Kar Wai Film. The Chosun Ilbo. December 24, 2009.
- "Song Hye-kyo Turns Heads in Wong Kar-wai's Kung Fu Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. November 7, 2012.
- "Actress Song talks about working with director Won". The Korea Herald. July 2, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Zo In-sung Team Up for TV Soap After Long Sabbatical". The Chosun Ilbo. February 9, 2013.
- "Song Hye Kyo Says Working with Zo In Sung was a Gift from Above". enewsWorld. February 17, 2013. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo Basks in Latest Drama's Success". The Chosun Ilbo. April 6, 2013.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Talks about Sending Off That Winter". enewsWorld. April 14, 2013. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013.
- "Song wins top Star award". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 18, 2013.
- "Kang, Song Hye-kyo to star in new film". The Korea Times. December 4, 2013.
- "GANG Dong-won and SONG Hye-kyo to Collaborate on Human Drama". Korean Film Council. December 5, 2013.
- "A-listers bring to life sad story of a fast-aging boy". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 8, 2014.
- "Herald Interview: Song Hye-kyo faces the music". The Korea Herald. August 27, 2014.
- "Interview: Song Hye Kyo Swears Like an Ajumma in Real Life". enewsWorld. September 10, 2014. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014.
- Song Hye-kyo "I got to do a movie like a first love". Hancinema. May 22, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo to Star in New John Woo Movie. The Korea Times. May 21, 2008.
- Song Hye-kyo Stars in John Woo Film. KBS Global. May 23, 2008.
- New John Woo film canceled. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 3, 2009.
- Song Hye-kyo to star in Woo's film. The Korea Herald. December 20, 2011.
- Song Hye Kyo Cast as Protagonist in Director John Woo's New Movie. KBS Global. December 21, 2011.
- John Woo denies throat cancer. China.org.cn. May 27, 2012.
- "John Woo Sets Crossing Release for December". Variety. September 9, 2014.
- "Song Hye-kyo to Start Filming John Woo Pic". 10Asia. May 29, 2013. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014.
- "SONG Hye-kyo Cast in John Woo's New Blockbuster". Korean Film Council. December 27, 2013.
- "Song Hye-kyo's Chinese Epic Set for March Release in Korea". The Chosun Ilbo. January 6, 2015.
- "Song Hye-kyo talks about crew of The Crossing 2". K-pop Herald. July 26, 2015.
- "BUSAN: Song Hye-kyo to Reign in Desen Media's Queens". Variety. October 4, 2014.
- "Movie The Queens releases new stills". Sina. October 11, 2014.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki pair up for new drama". The Korea Herald. April 2, 2015.
- "Song Hye-kyo talks her next role as military doctor with Elle". K-pop Herald. May 19, 2015.
- Wong, Tessa (March 27, 2016). "Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia". BBC News Online. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
- "Descendants of The Sun ends on massive ratings high". The Chosun Ilbo. April 15, 2016.
- "Ten years on, Song Hye-kyo still keeps her luster in China". The Korea Times. October 28, 2018.
- "Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo, EXO, top hallyu stars of the year: survey". The Korea Herald. March 2, 2017.
- "(Yonhap Feature) Popular TV show stokes Chinese demand for Korean cosmetics". Yonhap News Agency. May 10, 2016.
- "Song Hye-kyo poses with Song Joong-ki at KBS Drama Awards". K-pop Herald. January 4, 2017.
- "[Video] 'Encounter' marks Song Hye-kyo's return to TV drama". The Korea Herald. November 25, 2018.
- "Song Hye-kyo Comfortable Working with Park Bo-gum in New TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. November 22, 2018.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Park Bo-gum to deliver courageous, heart-skipping romance in new tvN drama". Yonhap News Agency. November 21, 2018.
- "Drama stars return in 'Encounter': For Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum, age is nothing but a number". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 22, 2018.
- "Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo to Wed in October". The Chosun Ilbo. July 5, 2017.
- "Descendants of the Sun stars Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo to wed". Channel NewsAsia. July 5, 2017.
- "'Descendants of the Sun' stars to wed at The Shilla". The Korea Herald. August 8, 2017.
- "Marriage of Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo shrouded in complete secrecy". Yonhap News Agency. October 30, 2017.
- "Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo get married in private wedding". Yonhap News Agency. October 31, 2017.
- "[Video] Big day: Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo wed in private ceremony". The Korea Herald. October 31, 2017.
- "Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo Marry in Private Wedding". The Chosun Ilbo. November 1, 2017.
- "Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki taking legal steps for divorce". The Korea Herald. June 27, 2019.
- "Song Joong-ki files for divorce from Song Hye-kyo: Twenty months after their wedding, the 'Descendents of the Sun' stars call it quits". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 28, 2019.
- "Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki finalise divorce in Seoul". South China Morning Post. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
- "Song Hye Kyo to sue perpetrators of false, malicious rumours". New Straits Times. July 25, 2019.
- "Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Kyo divorce: How the actor's family dropped hints about the couple's split". EconoTimes. November 11, 2019.
- "The Rumoured Reasons Behind Song Joong Ki And Song Hye Kyo's Divorce". Today Online. June 27, 2019.
- "Song Hye Kyo's 'malicious comment' lawsuit forwarded to prosecution". The Independent. October 19, 2019.
- "송혜교 측 "세금관련 최종책임..머리 숙여 사과" 공식입장". Naver. August 19, 2014.
- "Song Hye-kyo expresses deep regret over tax evasion". The Korea Herald. August 19, 2014.
- "Tax accountant victimizes Song Hae-kyo". The Korea Times. August 19, 2014.
- "Song probed for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 20, 2014.
- "Actress apologizes for tax evasion". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 22, 2014.
- "Song deals with a taxing issue". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 28, 2014.
- "Song Hye Gyo is a Volunteer Angel". enewsWorld. March 20, 2012. Archived from the original on November 20, 2016.
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