AKB48 graduate Itano Tomomi is said to be looking for a new boyfriend after “breaking up” with EXILE Takahiro at the end of last year.
“She’s single now and has been telling people around that she wants a boyfriend, even asking them to set up blind dates with people in the industry. The staff around her seem to be agreeable as long as its linked to her enthusiasm for work,” said a rep for a CM agency.
The Itano of recent years has been doing concerts and CD releases, but the Internet is always rife with discussions about her changing appearance.
“That is all due to her hopes of becoming an artiste. Looking at the artistes she looks up to, like Namie Amuro and Ayumi Hamasaki, the idea of being an idol is not in her sights. But since she was an idol, the sudden change to becoming an artiste is hard for people to accept, so that may be why she is less likable,” said the same rep.