Earlier, the actor had an interview with a Chinese media outlet named Sina Entertainment at the Cannes Film Festival. During the interview, he was asked, “Your movie will be screened at Cannes, and your baby is on the way. In China, there’s a saying that goes, ‘A double harvest in work and family life.’ How do you feel about this situation?” Song Joong Ki replied, “Becoming a father and a husband sometimes mean losing your job in this industry. In this industry’s sense, it seems like having your own family leads to more job losses these days.” His comment immediately stirred discussions.
Following the controversy, the actor revealed his feelings about the reaction. Recalling what happened, he said, “I understand people’s reaction. It was talked about more than I expected. My friends told me about this when I was with my baby in Italy. Frankly, I never expected that my comment would cause such a big misunderstanding. But I realized that can happen because I spoke in English, which is not my first language, in that interview.” He continued, “I should have been more cautious about expressing my opinion and thought more about the impact of my remarks. For those who felt uncomfortable about my words, I am sorry and will be more careful with my choice of words in the future.”