Son Dam-bi recently held a spectacular wedding but people are paying attention to the absence of her two best friends, Gong Hyo-jin and Jung Ryeo-won.
Gong Hyo-jin and Jung Ryeo-won publicly certified Son Dam-bi as their best friend on TV broadcasts but did not appear at her wedding. Gong Hyo-jin caught the bouquet at Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin’s wedding and publicized her romantic relationship with singer-songwriter Kevin Oh. However, Son Dam-bi’s bouquet went to model-actress Kang Seung-hyun, not Gong Hyo-jin.
On May 13th, Son Dam-bi and former national team speed skater Lee Kyu-hyuk, who is 5 years older than her, held an outdoor wedding at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hannam-dong, Yongsan–gu, Seoul. Many of the two colleagues attended the wedding ceremony as the restriction on the number of event guests was already removed together with the social distancing regulations.
Acquaintances, from the couple So Yi-hyun – In Kyo-jin of the same company, Park Na-rae, Kian84, whom she knew through MBC’s entertainment show “I Live Alone” to her best friend Lim Soo-hyang, joined Son Dam-bi on her happy day. However, Gong Hyo-jin and Jung Ryeo-won, who boasted their strong friendship with Son Dam-bi as they were invited to her house for a birthday party in 2020 on ‘I Live Alone’, were not seen at the ceremony.
Some media sites reported Gong Hyo-jin’s attendance but it’s not true. Son Dam-bi’s agency said to TenAsia, “After checking with the security team, it was confirmed that Gong Hyo-jin could not attend the wedding”.
Son Dam-bi, Gong Hyo-jin, and Jung Ryeo-won have been calling each other “best friends” through SNS posts. They did not forget to celebrate each other’s birthday as well as reveal the scene of when they made pancakes together on the Chuseok holiday. In an interview for an underwear photoshoot in May 2021, Son Dam-bi affectionately said, “Gong Hyo-jin and Jung Ryeo-won are watching me with exciting eyes”.
However, their friendship moments have begun to disappear since Son Dam-bi was embroiled in the “fake chaebol” scandal in August last year. At that time, the Daekyung Daily reported that Kim, who pretended to be a wealthy heir, approached Son Dam-bi in 2019. He gave her luxury goods, a Porsche car, and even helped her pay the amount of 50 million won she borrowed from Jung Ryeo-won. Jung Ryeo-won was also said to have been introduced to Kim by Son Dam-bi and received a BMW mini cooper car as a gift.
However, Son Dam-bi and Jung Ryeo-won’s agencies firmly refuted the allegations. Son Dam-bi returned everything she received, including gifts and cash, while Jung Ryeo-won even disclosed her deposit statement to prove that she bought the vehicle herself.
As a result, the relationship between the fake chaebol, Son Dam-bi and Jung Ryeo-won came to an end, but the friendship between the two actresses has not been revealed since then. Son Dam-bi later announced her romantic relationship with Lee Kyu-hyuk, whom she met on “Kiss and Cry” 10 years ago, and began to fill her SNS with Lee Kyu-hyuk instead of Jung Ryeo-won and Gong Hyo-jin. Jung Ryeo-won and Gong Hyo-jin also did not mention Son Dam-bi again.
At this point, the fact that Gong Hyo-jin and Jung Ryeo-won were all absent from Son Dam-bi’s wedding somehow proves that their relationship seems to be not as good as before. Gong Hyo-jin recently caught the bouquet at Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin’s wedding, which was held in March, then announced her relationship with Kevin Oh, who is 10 years younger than her. Many people were looking forward to seeing Gong Hyo-jin receive another bouquet at Son Dam-bi’s wedding but then raised questions over her absence.
Son Dam-bi’s bouquet was caught by Kang Seung-hyun. After receiving the bouquet, Kang Seung-hyun denied the suspicion of her marriage on SNS, saying, “The person receiving a bouquet doesn’t need to be someone who is about to get married. I think the bouquet can just be given to a person whom we value and wish for their happiness”.
Son Dam-bi’s wedding ended happily despite the mysterious absence of her best friends. She recently joined SBS’s “Same Bed, Different Dreams 2 – You Are My Destiny” as a new couple and revealed that they have been living together before their marriage. Son Dam-bi is drawing keen attention for her second act in life, which will be accompanied by Lee Kyu-hyuk, her lifelong partner.
UPDATE: An insider from H& Entertainment, Son Dam-bi’s agency, said, “In the case of Jeong Ryeo-won, she has a drama filming schedule in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, on May 13th. Gong Hyo-jin was on the attendance list but she was absent for personal reasons. Soyee couldn’t attend the wedding as well.”