Descendants star kicks off fan meeting tour

K-drama heart-throb Song Joong Ki (centre) with his guests at the fan meeting, Lee Kwang Soo (left) and Park Bo Gum.
K-drama heart-throb Song Joong Ki (centre) with his guests at the fan meeting, Lee Kwang Soo (left) and Park Bo Gum.PHOTO: PARK BO GUM/WEIBO

SEOUL• Bromance was in the air when actor Song Joong Ki kicked off his Asia fan meeting tour in South Korea on Sunday and his good friend, comedian Lee Kwang Soo, made a surprise appearance.

The event, held at Kyung Hee University three days after the finale of the hit drama Descendants Of The Sun, which shot Song to superstardom in Asia, sold out almost immediately on March 31 and drew about 4,000 fans, said The Korea Herald.

The fan meeting was Song's first since 2013 after he did his military service and returned to television in a spectacular way in Descendants.

Next month and in June, he will meet fans in countries including China and Thailand. His next stop is Thunder Dome in Bangkok on May 7. Many of his friends, including Running Man star Lee, cheered for him in videos that were played on Sunday, said Apple Daily. Then Lee surprised Song by showing up in person with flowers.

The two go back to 2010, when Song was an original member of the cast of Lee's hit variety show.

The comedian, who had a cameo in Descendants Of The Sun, shared a story of the actor onstage on Sunday, said Apple Daily.

Revealing one of Song's drunken episodes, Lee said: "Once, after drinks, Song Joong Ki dropped his mobile phone into soup. He didn't remember this the next day, but asked why his mobile phone didn't seem to be working."

Song recalled that he missed his elder brother's wedding when he was in the army and that Lee stepped up to help his family on the big day. Lee got another Running Man colleague, Kim Jong Kook, to sing at the nuptials.

Reply 1988 star Park Bo Gum also appeared at Song's fan meeting, said The Korea Herald. Both actors are represented by Blossom Entertainment.

At the fan meet, Song charmed fans by applying lip balm on them, giving them hugs and singing a song, as screams erupted around the hall, said Apple Daily.

He said he had reservations about sex scenes, but would not rule out filming one, if the script was good. But the fans cried no. They also protested when Song, 30, said he wanted to marry and start a family.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2016, with the headline 'Descendants star kicks off fan meeting tour'. Subscribe