KUALA LUMPUR: The recent unexpected news that Korean actors Ahn Jae Hyun and Ku Hye Sun were getting a divorce after only three years of marriage has led to a slew of nasty rumours and speculation circulating online.
According to Soompi, the whole debacle began last Sunday when Ku, 34, shared on Instagram that her husband Ahn, 32, had wanted a divorce.
HB Entertainment, which represents the two actors, then released an official statement on the divorce later in the day.
Refuting the statement, Ku shared a screenshot of a text message in which she alleged that Ahn and their agency’s CEO had talked about her behind her back.
The agency then denied the rumours that it had terminated Ku’s contract.
Due to the rampant online speculation pertaining to HB Entertainment’s possible role in the divorce, the agency has released a statement.
It read: “Recently, two actors in our agency requested that we mediate discussions between them about a personal matter and we gave them practical advice in order to achieve a peaceful and amicable result.”
“However, since this was an intensely personal matter and there was a difference in opinion between them, it was not easy to give them advice. The agency did not desire the couple’s separation in any way.”
“We regretted the decision that the two of them eventually made. Fortunately, however, both of them and the agency agreed that we should avoid causing harm or damage to each other or the other people we work with.”
It further stated that, “We believed that our role as an agency was to support both people bring this issue to a good conclusion and return without problems to their separate lives. Therefore, we were careful about how we responded to them and how we mediated issues of right and wrong. We believe even now that this is only being respectful to them both. However, we can no longer stay silent on the false rumours and speculation.”
“We recognise that it is easy for false rumours to arise about an issue like this, and the truth is that it is difficult for us as an agency to represent both people’s differing opinions. However, we as an agency released statements about what we judged to be true, and will continue to do so in future.”
The statement ended with: “We will take strong legal action against illegal activities like defamation, which include spreading false rumours online and on social media about the artistes or the agency CEO.”