Johnny’s group Kis-My-Ft2 Fujigaya Taisuke(27) and Takimoto Miori(23)’s relationship has shocked fans and the showbiz world. However, what is puzzling is the reaction of Johnny’s agency to this piece of news.
As Fujigaya is a popular member of the group, fans have declared their exit from the fandom or intentions to switch idols after news of his relationship broke. The shock from this news was reinforced by the official statement from Johnny’s agency – “No comment on private matters.”
A TV station staff said “I’m abit shocked. This was not the sort of reply i was expecting.”
So far, the standard replies from Johnny’s agencies were always “they are friends” or “they were also with others”, in a bid to deny the existence of their talents being in relationships.
“Not commenting on private matters is the same as partially admitting to the relationship. Johnny’s fans think they are in a virtual relationship with their idols. That is why they are sensitive to such news and from their perspective, they can’t follow an idol especially when his agency is partially affirming news of him having a girlfriend,” says same staff.
“Traditionally, Johnny’s has not been strict with their idols being in relationships. In fact, if they find their partners befitting for their idols, they’d even encourage it, though they wouldn’t acknowledge it in public.This could be due to the factional dispute within Johnny’s”said showbiz insider.
This factional dispute is between Johnny’s management Julie Fujishima and SMAP’s manager Iijima, reported in the media early this year. Mary Kitagawa(VP and Julie Fujishima’s mother) had an interview with Bunshun then denying of such a dispute.
“No one thinks that the dispute is over.Kisumai is also part of Iijima’s management. There may be people who don’t believe it, from Iijima’s perspective, perhaps this response(to Fujigaya’s relationship) stemmed from the decision to refrain from being mainstream?” said same showbiz insider.