Inoue Mao and Matsumoto Jun to Announce Engagement at End of Year

Inoue Mao (27) who will star in NHK’s Taiga drama “Hana Moyu” and Matsumoto Jun (31) of Arashi have gained a lot of attention for the alleged announcement of their engagement which is said to be happening by the end of this year.

“It seems that Johnny’s Jimusho, who was against their relationship has reluctantly accepted it. It is said that aside from that their engagement will be announced at the year’s end, and the wedding ceremony will take place when the filming for Inoue’s drama ends after September of next tear. At any rate, their relationship has been nine years long.” (A reporter for a women’s magazine)

Matsumoto and Inoue met when starring together in the drama that aired in 2005, “Hana Yori Dango.” From there, their relationship started.

“They were seen on dates multiple times, but because Johnny’s Jimusho greatly opposed the relationship, the vast majority of women’s magazines were pressured to not report it. After that, talk of [Matsumoto’s] relationship with Inoue fell through. (An evening paper reporter)

There were also rumors of love blossoming between Matsumoto Jun and Nakama Yukie who starred in the drama “Gokusen.”

Nakama treated Matsumoto to meals in her home but it wasn’t a romantic relationship. Other than Nakama, there were rumors of relationships with Shibasaki Kou and Naka Riisa, but Inoue was always his favorite.” (The previous reporter for a women’s magazine)

In 2013, reports of Matsumoto and Inoue attending actor Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu‘s Hawaii wedding together fluttered about.

“Furthermore, the executive vice-president of an apparel company who was invited to the Oguris’ home wrote on his blog “I was even introduced to Inoue Mao-chan and MatsuJun.” That blog entry was deleted. There were also complete reports of the couple’s relationship in weekly magazines, but those were replace by Arashi‘s gravure.” (A publisher’s associate)

The Johnny’s side was nervous to that extent. On the other hand, the forbidden love deepened.

“This year, Arashi will host the Kouhaku Uta Gassen. As a matter of fact, the day before last year’s Kouhaku the couple ate yakiniku with the Oguris in the city. On that occasion, concrete talk of the couple becoming comrades with Oguri and Yamada when Matsumoto and Inoue get married arose.” (Entertainment associate)

They both wear on their fingers matching rings from the famous brand “Boucheron.”

“It is quite magnificent. For Johnny’s they have the painful past of suffering a big embarrassment of Kimura Takuya and Kudou Shizuka‘s marriage being leaked. They want to avoid just that. The possibility of an engagement announcement by the year end is high.” (An associate of Wide Show)


  • Comments

    • sumomona

      source looks like a tabloid though

    • dyse

      UGH this is the 5th, 6th time THIS YEAR
      Of course, I’d be happy if they end up together but can the Japanese media just stop making things up
      This will not help Kouhaku’s ratings

    • ミカ♡( ๑॔˃̶◡ ˂̶๑॓)✧

      I support them if it’s true but I call bullshit.

    • Sarah Mendoza

      Congrats ! I’m glad to know that it won’t affect the group since I love Arashi.
      But recently there’s a lot of proposals in the industry, right ?

    • guest**

      dating or not..that doesnt sound Matsujun at all. the guy is a very private person.I believe if he will announce his marriage in the future not in this kind of publicity stunt. I think they’re just desperate for kohaku ratings.

    • Ikki

      My heart stopped for a second thinking this was real for a second. Dang, rumors, rumors.

      I just want a johnny’s marriage, soon.

    • eplizo

      lmao I almost thought this was like legit confirmed.

    • VIP

      reminds me of Nakai & Koda Kumi dating confirmation announcement in kohaku b4 LOL try harder lol xD

      • exochika

        If I could choose 3 couples of J-pop past to have actually gotten married:

        Nakai & Koda Kumi, Nagase & Ayu and Miyake Ken & Amuro.

      • A

        Nakai and Koda Kumi was the most ridiciulous fake publicity stunt couple

    • Shirley Ruiz

      This rumor is baseless. Like one person has stated, Matsujun is a very private person so i highly doubt he will publicized his relationship, much less marriage, on t.v. or on Kohaku. If Mao wasn’t going to lead a taiga drama, this rumor probably wouldn’t have come up even though a lot of people want Maotsujun to happen…I am not one of those people.

    • kiyomi

      i already saw blogs speculating je is behind these rumours because they want to break them up. like for example goro-miho relationship gradually felt apart also due to marriage rumours (among other problems). they lasted for a long time too, on and off like ten years?

    • neenpeen

      He was rumored to be with NAKA RIISA???? That’s news to me.

    • Ern Laties

      Somehow, I had to lol at this ‘news’. It’s too damn obvious to be publicity stunt. Kouhaku, mao-chan new drama. Plus, I really don’t believe someone as private as matsujun going to announce his marriage on tv like this. Nope. Just like Kame/FukaKyon rumour, I ain’t buying this. Both are just publicity stunt.

    • guest

      i’m starting to not like the girl. These rumors are just beneficial to her.

      • unexpected

        Beneficial for who???
        I really don’t think MAO need this to shine. Stop belittling the girl because of this rumor.

      • Ren

        That’s not true. The ones benefitting from this rumor are the tabloids making up the rumors and Kohaku as this creates some buzz for a show that people aren’t as excited to watch.
        How can this be beneficial to only Mao or Jun when for all we know they might just be friends or in a relationship with other people? This has gotta be equally troublesome and annoying for the two of them, especially because there is ZERO evidence that they are together yet this rumor has been coming out like every 6 months for like the last decade.

        • Guest

          There were zero photograpic evidence Nino dated Nagasawa Masami but they were a couple. There was evidence mao&jun were spotted together several times. They are close to say the least.

    • anon

      Jun being with the woman he loves would be magical to me. I always say him with a quirky girl like Kou Shibasaki, bur I hope he is loved and happy with any girl whom he gives his ring. Go Jun!!!

    • Yagami Raito

      I LOVE THIS COUPLE. But I don’t believe their upcoming marriage.

    • Cathy

      Doubt this is true.

    • AAApanda


    • annie

      I thought THIS was the announcement lol

      • Lilly

        LOL meet too! I came rushing here ….

    • Guest

      Too hungry for hits again, arama?

    • nonnonanon

      If they still aren’t married by end of this year, then I guess I’ll have to stop believing in their rumors. This anticipation is getting freakin’ annoying…

    • Diana Tomichou Sakurai

      again ? seriously ? this rumor come back every year since hanada. it’s really boring at the end.

    • tm


    • arashianeel

      Congratulations ARAMA. I bet, you guys got what you want. But just so you know, netizens-fans are waaay wiser now. And really, were not buying it.

      And KOUHAKU itself doesn’t need such publicity stunt if it just for the ratings or so, Japan’s top performers are there, Arashi is there, that is more than enough. Unless it was purposely created to benefit “someone” else. Or such site is just hungry for a vast attention.

      And Jun wouldn’t be rude to do such thing on the show they have been dreamt of to be in and respect.

      • Arama didn’t create this rumor…

        • unexpected

          Neither MAO.

      • neenpeen

        Uhm, what?

      • guest

        u are blaming the wrong people, Arama only shares news & rumors reported by other sources. If you wanna blame someone, blame the stupid media that’s actually reporting these rumors.

    • unexpected

      I really don’t get it why people are reacting like that. IT’S JUST A RUMOR for Goodness sake.

      • Holly Marie

        still love it to be honest!!

    • Lilly

      I thought they said they were getting married in August ?! well that never happened …….

    • Ren

      I feel so bad for Mao and Jun because this rumor is as old as HYD but for all we know they might be dating other people. The tabloids should just leave them alone.

      • Guest

        If they are dating other people paparazzi will sure caught a picture or two tho. Especially, Mao since her company will not going to buy all those pictures in a sum of money since they cannot afford to do it unlike Johnny & Associates who regularly protect their talents privacy photo by buying all those paparazzi photos to hide it from release it to tabloid magazine.

    • Guest

      Mao and Jun announcing their marriage is like end of the year tradition already.
      Next year it’ll be 10 years since the drama aired, I expect their marriage announcements every 2 months.

    • kunyit

      argh Maotsujun dating rumor without any single pic…we need the pic :D

    • guest

      mao inoue has talent. can’t they just focus on her talent? i am only aware of her existence (since i am not her fan) ..
      – every time she is supposedly dating matsujun;
      – every time she is supposedly getting engage to matsujun;
      – every time she is supposedly getting married to matsujun.

    • Navin

      People REALLY need to get over HYD.

      • Holly Marie

        Never going to get over Hana Hori Dango and i don’t ever want to stop! Its one of m,y favourite dramas and began my love for japanese dramas. I love this couple so much and they are already married in my shipper mind ;)

        • huni

          not crazy

        • SoraYuki

          Me too! :D

    • gg

      end of this year? 2014? well they better get to it, they only have two days left!

    • Jae

      Can this happen if it’s going to happen? I’m getting tired of their dating/engagement/wedding news and it’s getting annoying because I have little hope that they actually are dating. If not, then can we get other news like how their dramas, movies or music are doing… please?

    • Sonia

      I’m not really a fan of these two, though I’ve been hearing some rumors over the past years about them going out. But showbiz is showbiz, so who knows what the truth is? Anyways I don’t think they look good together anyway.

    • OhSnap!

      They want to steal the “most scandalous announcement” title from the AKB girl who announced gaduation on Kouhaku LOL

    • Miyaka

      Rumorssss :( I Love mao and jun. But I don’t believe this marriage news. Mao and jun are very private with their relationship. They will never ever do such publicity.

    • akira

      I believe in their relarionship!! :) I really think they are a couple. But this marriage thing? I doubt.

    • MaybeCanBe

      I really want this to be true but i kind of doubt it, because of all the other marriage rumors about Maotsujun we had before. Plus i don’t see MatsuJun wanting it to be that big of an announcement to use Kouhaku for it.
      I actually would think it’s rather possible if they’d be married already for a while and we all just don’t know because they keep it a secret for so long -w-
      Still i have a little hope this is true because i love them together and i finally want to see an Arashi member getting married. We need little Arashi babies before these 5 men are getting too old lol

    • anon

      kohaku 2014’s finished. so where’s the announcement, shippers?


    • hisa

      Kouhahu and year is almost over and no any announs, so it was only for raiting peoples =)

    • superjaaaaaaa

      I was waiting for this to REALLY happen. Sadly, no announcement :/

    • Didn’t happen, right.

    • Ern Laties

      I know it’s already 3rd Jan, but I forgot to poke fun at this. Big questions: Is there any announcement? *SARCASM* HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!

    • Chriis

      They’re engaged/getting married every other month it seems. Even DramaFever posted about this! For a second I thought it was actually confirmed but I see it’s just the same rumor from the last 9 years.

    • Jin Ssi

      i really like Inoue Mao and Matsujun together.. If this rumour is true, then I/m happy for them. But while, we wait for the “real” announcement, if there’s something to be announced, I hope they could at least work together again on a new project, drama or movie perhaps.. because Inoue seldom appears on Arashi shows..

    • rara

      CAN’T BELIEVE IT <3 MY FAVORITE OTP IS REAAAAL AWWW~~ Congratz mao-jun !!!!

    • Ugh, I’m not doing this. I’ll freak out when they make an official statement

    • guest

      Just saying this really doesn’t benefit anyone. NHK is really strict about dating rumours and stuff so pratically they’re just harming the reps of MatsuJun and Mao in effort for people to buy their tabloid magazines.

    • ナディア

      I love HanaDan as much as most ppl does…
      But srsly, they need to get over this HYD hype.. Idk if it’s true but I’ve been hearing this for the past 6 years as a fan and it’s honestly annoying the crap out of me….

    • qgrrsecm

      still trending post after a month?

      • S

        MTE. How is this post always trending?

    • disqus_fnwCMQDX7u

      It’s funny to see this a few months later.. what happened? ;p

    • roxannee fazon

      the fact that this news keeps reappearing every year means that there are proofs. If none, then it would have been died down years ago.

    • Maha_iik

      I ship this couple so hard <3 I hope they do end up together :)

    • yamakita

      Is this ever gonna come off the right panel? We all know it’s not true by now.

      • no way,
        people like to poke fun of it every now and then. Maybe it’ll come off once there’s a new rumor appearing, or when the marriage does actually happen… which I doubt will happen anytime soon…

    • Jips

      Is this like once a year thing?? I heard thing rumor every years.

    • Bubblegum Pop

      Ohmygosh I am so happy!!!! I’ve always rooted for them since HanaDan! I’m just so surprised their relationship actually happened since idols are forbidden to date. I do hope Japanese entertainment contracts offer more freedom. Idols are people, too. Congratulations to Inoue Mao and MatsuJun! ohmygosh still brimming with surprise and happiness here~

    • SoraYuki

      Yes I ship. Please get married :)

    • Kurea432

      Hmmm, so this is Matsumoto Jun.I didn’t know about his face until recently. I remembered my friend telling me about his wedding. It was the end of 2013. Because my friend didn’t know Matsumoto that time, Matsumoto shared about his wedding and that it would be a secret.We both didn’t care about the thing though. Whether it was for real or not, I wish them the best. ( I am watching Hana Yori Dango this time and I am really really late).

    • Chris

      This is Old…

    • Shafiqa Eudora

      *jokes* the last time i check jun was dating aiba-chan and having an affair with nino *jokes*
      well, jokes aside if matsujun is really dating inoue i’m happy for them if not then the japan’s media are seriously pathetic just to raise PR point for kouhaku uta gassen with this kind of news….

    • BipoBitch

      I don’t know if this is true or not. -_- I mean last 2 years ago I’ve read about their engagement. And I searched a lot about them but no one confirmed that they are dating. more likely its her say. -_-

    • nomiiixx

      haha bruh its already November

    • Why this still on the trending side bar thing?!?!?!?!

    • Esha

      1 year is already over.. no news or announcement of marriage yet.. a publicity stunt by Johnny’s..

    • Taima-kun

      Mao left her agency and even before this happened, Mao joked about this and an article came out predicting this so, LOL
      will they finally /finally/ get married? some tabloids are saying it’ll be next year (again) on January
      as much as i root for them, it’s getting hilarious already ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • Soapy

      Just so people know… The married photo is from the final Hana Yori Dango movie.. Don’t get so swept over the ending. If you want to see it yourself you can find it on kissasian.

    • Emily

      And now he’s cheated on her lol