In the May issue of FRIDAY, Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yabu Kota was reported to be living together with his girlfriend, who is older than him by 2 years. This was accompanied by pictures of him and his girlfriend.
On the 11th of May, paparazzi captured pictures of Yabu Kota with his girlfriend going to the convenience store at 1am. Yabu had just come home after the Hey!Say!JUMP concert.
On the 15th of May, pictures of Yabu Kota and his girlfriend started spreading on the internet. The pictures were of them kissing/hugging in what seems like a Karaoke. Seems like these were leaked from the friends who accompanied them that day. As the pictures also included one which Yabu had taken of himself backstage, fans are guessing if the whistleblower could be someone who is close to Yabu.
Fans are very shocked at the turn of events. Whilst many chose to support him, there are more voices chiding him for “not being professional” and “being too harsh on the fans”.
The same magazine reported that Yabu has plans to “quit Johnny’s by 30”, disappointing many fans.