Monday (Nov 13) marked a sad day for fans of the hit South Korean drama Reply 1988 as co-stars-turned-couple Hyeri and Ryu Jun-yeol announced their breakup.
In the drama, the two starred as childhood friends who were part of a group of five. A running mystery in the drama was the identity of the future husband of Hyeri’s character which turned out to not be Ryu Jun-yeol’s character.
Nonetheless, it didn’t stop Hyeri and Ryu from growing closer during the drama’s production. In August 2017, the two went public with their relationship, delighting fans worldwide.
Now, it seems like the fairy tale has ended. South Korean outlet News 1 first reported that Hyeri and Ryu had broken up, adding that “the two decided to remain colleagues” and that “entertainment industry officials and colleagues were saddened by the news”.
Later that day, Hyeri and Ryu’s respective agencies released separate statements to news agency Newsen, confirming the breakup.
Hyeri rose to fame as a member of the South Korean girl group Girl’s Day, gaining further popularity during her stint in the variety show Real Men. Meanwhile, Ryu got his start as an independent film actor.
Reply 1988 ended up being one of the most popular K-dramas of all time, propelling both of them to superstardom. Since then, both Hyeri and Ryu have been constant fixtures in the South Korean entertainment scene.