Ex Morning Musumer leader and actress Takahashi Ai(27) will be marrying comedian Abe Kouji(38) in February next year. Despite having an age gap of 2 years, the pair have decided to bring their relationship to the next level after 2 years of dating.
Several people related to Abe Kouji said he will submit the marriage papers when he turns 39 next year, and they have started informing close friends and relatives about it.
Their relationship was first reported last year in June, where pictures of their drive date were published in a magazine. They met as actors in a stage play in May 2011. Takahashi graduated from Morning Musume in September that year and they started dating officially.
However, Abe Kouji was married to another woman at age 26. It ended in a divorce later and he has a daughter from that marriage. At one point in time, people around Takashi Ai expressed concern with regards to their marriage.
Despite this, Takahashi Ai came to think about marriage after seeing his dependable personality whilst she was recovering from pneumonia. She is currently not pregnant and will continue to work after marriage.
This is related to a previous post on AllThingsJpop here.
Comedian Abe Kouji(39) appeared at the press conference for trading card game “Battle Spirits” and revealed that he is indeed dating ex-Morning Musume leader Takahashi Ai(27).
On recent reports that they are to get married within the year, he said “I’m shocked. It hasn’t been decided. I believe love will blossom, but let me report(on marriage) when i’ve decided.”
On their relationship, he said “We’re dating with good feelings. That means I love her. I think we can walk forward together.” When asked if he has plans for a proposal, he said there were not at that stage yet, but if were to happen, he would propose simply.
Japanese netizen reactions:
“Ai chan, it’s not too late so back out now!”
“He’s divorced with a kid and that alone is reason to reconsider marriage.”
“Her agency issued a statement to say they are friends and now he’s wrecked everything. He is someone who thinks of himself before his partner. It’s better to ditch such a self centered guy.”
“Ai chan, are you sure you’re not being cheated?”
“If it’s Ai chan, she could have gotten a better man..”
“You can’t tell her to ditch him just because he was married before. There are lots of divorced men who are still great, but this guy smells fishy.”
“He’s 12 years older, married, divorced, and has so much life experience, but he’s going around saying “I love you” without considering her position?”
“Ai chan was the cutest girl in the history of Morning Musume. I hope she ends up with anyone other than a celebrity.”
“I don’t get his charm. Wake up, Ai chan!”
Ex- Morning Musume leader Takahashi Ai, who has been rumored to be in a relationship with comedian Abe Koji since June last year, was reported to be heading towards marriage within this year. Both their agencies have denied such reports. Takahashi Ai’s reps said there were “no plans” while Abe Koji’s reps said “we have not heard anything”.
Ever since their dating reports surfaced, their agencies have confirmed that they are close friends, but have never cleared the air on their dating status. Takahashi Ai attended a press conference for her musical on the 14th and reportedly stopped the conference and to go offstage when she was asked about Abe.
Oh no..i hope she chooses a better man no matter what, that guy is divorced with a kid!