Rumors swirl about Song Joong-ki's new wife, but which ones are true?
Just one month after making his relationship public, Song Joong-ki, 37, on Monday dropped the big news that he has tied the knot with British actor Katy Louise Saunders, 38, and that the two will be welcoming a baby sometime this year.
The actor’s agency High Zium Studio hasn’t commented further on the subject, “in respect of the couple’s privacy.” And because Saunders has been largely out of the public eye since her last film in 2018, the lack of information about her has left many fans guessing about the pair’s relationship.
Regarding speculations about the couple’s wedding, High Zium Studio told the JoongAng Daily that “there is a ceremony that is being planned, but no date has been set.” The two have legally married but have not yet had a wedding ceremony.
Saunders was born in London, United Kingdom, to an English father and a Colombian mother, according to IMDB. She grew up in Italy and went to Bocconi University in Milan where she earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
She debuted as an actor in 2002, through an Italian romance film titled “Un Viaggio Chiamoto Amore” which translates to “A Journey Called Love” in English. She played the younger version of the female protagonist.
She has gone on to star in some 20 films including, “Virgin Territory” (2003), “Los Borgia” (2006) and “Third Person” (2013), and appearances in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003) and American legal drama “Law and Order” in 2004.
Her last acting work was the thriller “Welcome Home” (2018).
Some internet users speculate that Saunders became a language teacher after stepping back from acting and that she met her future husband when she became Song’s Italian coach during the drama series “Vincenzo” (2021). However, nothing on this front has been confirmed, and according to a statement by High Zium Studio last year, the two met through “a mutual friend.”
Saunders is in Korea right now, and according to photos shot by the local news platform Dispatch, her mother is also in the country. The two were seen shopping for baby clothes in Itaewon in Yongsan District, central Seoul, on Monday.
Multiple local news outlets have reported that according to industry insiders, the couple as well as Saunders’ visiting mother are living in a home in Itaewon, which Song bought in 2016. The house is said to be worth about 20 billion won or $16.27 million today.
It is unclear if Saunders has been married before, or if she has children. Some online posts by fervent fans have found several photos of Saunders with a young blond-haired girl, and others that appear to show Saunders has a baby bump. However, there are no sources or past articles to support these allegations whatsoever.
BY LEE JIAN [firstname.lastname@example.org]