This Year in Johnny’s Love Scandals

The news of Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi being in a live-in relationship with a former actress 10 years his junior brought a shock to the Japanese entertainment world. Many fans were quick to show support, but many other fans were also against the relationship. Various hashtags in relation to the scandal began to trend on Twitter. The social media accounts of Ohno’s alleged girlfriend, Natsume Suzu, were inspected with great detail by fans of Ohno, the point of even discovering evidence in the reflection in her pet pug’s eye. Ohno ultimately denied the relationship and stated that he never lived with her, and that he would never be seeing her again. Both Ohno and the fan’s reaction to the scandal caused much debate in how much freedom Johnny’s idols had in being able to pursue relationships. However, Ohno Satoshi is not the only Johnny to be discovered to be dating this year. In fact, quite a few have had their relationships made public. 

One of the most recent is the marriage of Kokubun Taichi. Kokubun married a woman he was dating for 7 years, an employee of TBS. Fan reaction was fairly positive, as was the netizen reaction. Kokubun even made a special announcement to his fans about his marriage. This proved wrong the urban legend that only one person per group in Johnny’s could get married. Another member, Yamaguchi Tatsuya is married and has two children.

Kokubun Taichi’s marriage announcement to fans.

In slightly more scandalous news, V6 member Morita Go was seen in public with his live-in girlfriend Miyuki Arisu, who reportedly retired from her career as a porn actress to get married to Go in the future. Here they are spotted together:

Another member of V6 has been involved in his own dating drama as well. Okada Junichi, one of the most popular members of the moment thanks to his drama roles, allegedly had an extra-marital affair with actress Miyazaki Aoi, which may have even contributed to her eventual divorce. This year, they were discovered to have rekindled their relationship. They too, were also spotted together, with Okada holding Miyazaki’s dog.

NEWS member Tegoshi Yuya found himself in hot water when photos of him and AKB member Kashiwagi Yuki surfaced. It is unclear from the photos whether they were just having a friendly outing, or if there was something more. The news enraged both AKB and Johnny’s fans on the internet, especially after Kashiwagi declined to make any comment on the incident and resumed social media activity as usual. Tegoshi also didn’t address the incident publicly, and no other news of their relationship has been reported.

Taguchi Junnosuke from KAT-TUN was also discovered to be in a long term relationship. He is reported to have been dating his girlfriend for eight years. He is said to be living his older girlfriend, actress Komine Reina, along with her mother.

But wait, there’s more! Ikuta Toma, who is enjoying a successful acting career, is rumored to be dating his co-star from the drama Ouroboros, Seino Nana. The two are said to have begun dating after getting close during the filming of the drama.

Members of Johnny’s Junior are not stranger to love scandals. Hirose Suzu saw her image take a hit when photos of her allegedly in a love hotel with Johnny’s Junior member Miyachika Kaito appeared online. Various other evidence appeared as well, such as text messages between the two.

Fujigaya Taisuke from Kis My Ft.-2 and actress Takimoto Mori were discovered to be dating this year as well. The couple met on the set of the drama “Ikemen Desu Ne,” in which they both starred in. Unfortunately, Takimoto suffered from quite a bit of hate online from fans of Fujigaya.

Recently, there was also news of Murakami Shingo from Kanjani 8 dating actress Taira Airi.

And now, for rumors that have been proven to be untrue or that are still up in the air.

For quite some time, rumors swirled of Horikita Maki and Sakurai Sho being a couple. The two denied the rumors themselves when Horikita appeared on Sakurai’s variety show, Abunai Yakai. The rumors were further squished when Horikita got married to actor Yamamoto Kouji this year. There are still those who believe that the two did date in the past, and that Horikita discontinued the relationship because Sakurai would not marry her.

A strange rumor also appeared that chubby comedian Watanabe Naomi was dating Totsuka Shouta from the group A.B.C.-z after stating on Twitter that he liked her. Given that Johnny’s talents do not use Twitter, you can easily guess how true that rumor is.

Nakai Masahiro from SMAP and popular talent Rola appear on many variety shows together and are great friends. Because of this, rumors of them dating and even getting married appeared in the tabloids. These rumors proved to be untrue.

And finally, the most infamous rumor of them all: the relationship of Inoue Mao and Matsumoto Jun. For years, multiple reports of the two dating and being on the verge of marriage have appeared in various news outlets. This year alone, they are supposed to get married in the fall. No concrete evidence of a marriage between the two has yet to be found, and neither party had addressed the rumors publicly. However, Inoue Mao was allegedly seen snooping in front of Matsumoto’s residence late at night, much like a stalker. Tabloids also reported that the two are unable to get married because of religious differences. The truth is yet to be known.

Dating and marriage is nothing new to the Johnny’s talents, but it is notoriously difficult for them to get married. Johnny Kitagawa himself has stated that he thinks that when they reach “marriageable age” that they should be able to get married, but with Ohno Satoshi’s relationship allegedly being broke up due to pressure from the company, it is questionable what exactly “marriageable age” is to Johnny’s talents.

  • Comments

    • ohno sacchan

      morita is dating a porn star?????? yikessssssssss

    • Anonymous

      It’s SEINO Nana. Not Seiko…

      And everyone seem dissapointed with Morita who choose to date a porn star after dated actress like Ueto Aya. But who knows, that porn star girl and Morita had a far more healthy relationship?

      I personally like Miori. She is very nice and kind and very beautiful on top of that so no wonder Fujigaya fall for her. But it is interesting that Miori in love with her second co-star instead of main hero. Anyway both of them really cute and everyone were like rooting Fujigaya and Miori during the drama Ikemen Desu Ne. Yes she suffer hate from Kisumai’s fantards but since J&A seem protecting their relationship i bet both of them doing well.

      And of course Mao and Jun!!!

    • ra

      the ‘scandal’ of Suzu and Miyachika Kaito so funny, it’s only imagine of the tabloi, here is original pic, they just co-star in drama ‘Gekiryu~Watashi wo Oboete Imasuka?’

      • ra

        and the pic Suzu with bra, it’s from her drama I forgot the name, this pic in internet few years ago since the drama air in 2012, but this year Suzu boom with her populary so it was digged a again

        • boom? more like “overpushed” ?

      • guest

        Finally a full pic! I knew it was weirdly cropped the moment I saw it few months ago, and I don’t even stan any of these kids.

    • these people are like in their 30’s and they can’t have a love life. this is one of the things I hate about Japan. Celebrities, mostly Johnny’s can’t have a relationship.

      • kunyit

        they still can but they must make sure it’s a low key relationship

      • just Johnny, tho? And no, Ohno is a special case. But still sad.

        • Lady Sara

          Why it is a special case for Ohno?

          • Because other Arashi guys still date and they are still fine.

      • Olivia Underwood

        it is hard, its amazing really that this still goes on and that agencies and companies have the right to intervene. I still find it mind-boggling how Kimura Takuya managed to get away with it pretty smoothly, and he’s like one of the most famous of them.

      • Rena

        I think it’s only for idols like Johnny’s or 48 groups… for LDH, I guess they allow their artists to get married. Like EXILE’s leader Hiro, he was married to Aya Ueto before he retired from the group. Also EXILE Keiji is currently dating Satomi, a model.

    • Reileen

      Ohno should just do a Tegoshi tbh, who LOLed when paps approached him and not give af

      • Taylor

        i just lol’ed so hard right now you dont understand. u literally just made my night lmao. now to find that video XD

    • me

      i really wish for junno’s happiness…go get marry Reina already Junno!
      somehow i wish all J&A’s talent will pull off a Jin did, and get married as they please :p

      • not good for their career? Or maybe you are joking XD?

      • gerorin

        Why model it after Akanishi? Who made a big mess for everybody else to handle and didn’t even seem to care? Instead of following Akanishi’s callous, short-sighted footsteps, they should do it like Inocchi and Yamaguchi and Higashiyama and Kokubun, make proper announcement to the press, directly address the fans, and receive lots of blessings and well-wishes.

        Akanishi couldn’t even pull off a Kimura, i.e. get so ridiculously famous that even a shotgun marriage can’t tarnish your reputation.

        • Ame

          Chill. Akanishi is doing just fine. And is probably more happy now. But yeah, as long as you are in the Japanese society, better do things their way to keep having peace in your life.

    • Nacchan

      still waiting for anything about maruyama

      • Nina Dunlop

        If u’re talking about K8’s Maru-chan plz let me join you … members described him as a carnivore guy but I just can’t remember a single report about his love life XD

        • T

          Didn’t he had like a flirt with his hand orz

          • Nina Dunlop


    • Chesutoberry

      Well, I’m just going to put this here..

    • Rhee

      you forgot Nakamaru-kun & Hasebe-san “scandal” ^o^ lol

    • expired love potion

      i will not say that all the japanese fangirls of arashi are dumb and delulu but gosh a great number of them seriously must have no life if they find it so hard to accept that their idols have a life. well quite frankly i still find suspicious that the girl was posting all that stuff on her social media but you know what ultimately ohno could have lied to the fans and is still secretly dating the girl. i would do that if i were him and i’d make sure to tell her not to do the same shit again >.> . i mean seriously you are dating an idol and you should protect not only his privacy but yours as well. in the end she was attacked too because of her “carelessness” . [ i am still suspicious of her anyway >.> . ohno has always been careful after all ]

    • Jo

      I’m more surprised the public go easy on Taguchi.

    • disqus_fnwCMQDX7u

      huh? aren’t 2 people in smap married already?
      and what’s with the religious differences? the link is broken on that one…

      • noop

        Mori already left the group a few years before he got married so it’s only kimura married in the group.

      • gerorin

        Inoue Mao is a member of Soka Gakkai, which, as far as a Buddhist denomination goes, can get scary and cultish. They have a lot of power in the background of the entertainment business too.

    • It’s really boring to see Matsujun & Mao gossips.Every single year… Hanadan fans should stop now.

    • mamoswine1

      There are still more scandal being hidden I can smell it…..

    • noop

      wasn’t there a rumor of Yokoyama You dating an announcer too? Or was it totally false?

      • Nina Dunlop

        There were even pics of her grocery shopping and leaving his condo on different days xD yet they denied it but a big portion of fans aren’t buying that story … they seem to think they were forced to deny bcos they’re working on the same show(Hirunandesu) so unless one of them leave the show (which many would have seen as confirming the relationship ) there was no way to admit it ( u don’t see everyday a couple MCing together , right? )

        She’s the most popular female announcer in Japan and he’s a johnnys from a popular group …. many fans believe that if they werent on the same show J&A would have played the silence card again like 2 years ago(where the response from fans was pretty positive and supportive) but the situation was a bit different this time bcos they are co-workers.

        Yoko fans are pretty much okay with him getting married after knowing his difficult past and his love for his family but the conditions didn’t help much this time .

    • Alva Starr

      Wasn’t there rumors about Ueda from KAT_TUN as well?

    • “Inoue Mao was allegedly seen snooping in front of Matsumoto’s residence late at night, much like a stalker.”
      I don’t know why but this reminds me of her role in Shirayukihime Satsujinjiken for some reason.

      Anyways, thanks Amanda for the great article. Get that gossip.

      • neenja

        Fukuyama Masaharu & Fukushii Kazue just announced their marriage. Hope somebody will post it here. Fukuyama company was pretty effective to block FRIDAY 2012 scoop about them, more so than Johnny’s.

    • kunyit

      you missed kasumi arimura with okamoto keito..their personal pic got leaked into the media :D

      oh there is opinion some fans got angry to ohno not because he allegedly painted his gf’s pug and it was sold as merchandises in his exhibition so some fans felt bertrayed,,,

      and like SHo said in his show..marriage is a risky business for idol..

      • K.Y.

        That was in 2013 not this year

      • Olivia Underwood

        I don’t think Sho is marrying type anyway. (Just my personal opinion, so don’t shoot me, obvs I don’t know him on a personal level so take this with a pinch of salt) Ohno might be, as well as Matsumoto, but Sho is way too independent and ambitious, he’s not the “family man” type. Having said that… haha, well, who knows, but I personally think he cares more about work than anything else.

        • neenja

          He has said in interviews that he wanted a family and can picture himself going on picnics, eating food made by his wife and playing with his children. He never thought of the wedding ceremony though. Sho also is very family oriented and is pretty close to his siblings like a father figure (went to pta meetings, change diapers) so his fatherly instinct is pretty strong and might propelled him to have his own family. One of the question he wrote to his future 30 year old self was “are you married yet?”. He is ambitious and likes to stick to plan so I think he’s looking for a partner now so he can start his family at forty. Who knows, he might run for prime minister when he’s old and crinkly.

        • trebletones

          It’s not that he’s not the marrying type. I actually think Sho is gay.

          • Olivia Underwood

            just asking in interest, but why?

        • kunyit

          it’s okay ^^. sho always said she wanted family and children and wife,, but as he is so busy with work he wants his wife has independent life or work to do as well..maybe he kinda wanna have family like his own family with his mother has a job…

          • Olivia Underwood

            hmm… Id feel sorry for the kids though with both parents always busy and not at home :( thats why I think hes not the family man type, even if he does want to marry. hes make a good boyfriend, but not a husband I think. (sorry, getting carried away >.< )

    • guest

      “This Year in Johnny’s Love Scandals”

      I’m pretty sure we’ve known about Taguchi’s relationship for years now.

      • T

        He should get married already

    • Mya

      So Maki used to date Sakurai Sho before she married her husband? How come there is no translated rumor about this?

      • kunyit

        there was a translated rumor dated at 2010..tabloid said they were spotted at gay bar..but they denied this rumor on sho’s program this year

        • Olivia Underwood

          this feels staged. I don’t know which side, but I am guessing Maki wanted a clean slate before marrying cos she is the type who doesn’t want any scandals on her CV, and doesn’t want to come across as a two-timer (which I’m sure she’s not but the tabloids will try to grab on to anything). That program just felt like a huge “back off” message towards the press.

    • Irene

      so, are MaoTsujun gossip are true?

      • neenja

        Base on how long its been going, several reliable sources and no respond from either of them (no one denied it), its a strong possibility to be true.

    • T

      I love this juicy rumors, it’s been a long time.
      From all this, Ohno makes me feel pity for him.

    • tk

      I think there were also some of Kamenashi too with his co-star?

    • inay91

      You forgot about Yokoyama Yu and announcer, Ohkura Tadayoshi and ex-idol, Shibutani Subaru with ex-idol and Nishikido Ryo with unknown woman.

      • frequentlife

        YAAAS Yokoyama and Mito-ana! I ship it hard!

    • I can’t stand this part of the culture dude.
      Every single one of these, I was like yaaaas, get it.
      My favorite is Nakai and Rola, they are too cute together. :3
      But anyway….its just sad. :| Maybe when Johnny dies things will change?

      • frequentlife

        ah nakai and rola! i think that surfaced around december 2014? they look cute together but i think their relationship is more of aniki-imouto than koibito.

    • Hisa

      I’m just wondering what is known about MatsuJun personal life except Inoue Mao? He could not date her all the time (10 years), because (how I know) that he had Shibasaki Kou in 2011-2013 and it`s reported that it`s normal to him to take girls from the club (“stand in line” if you remember) to his home … so where is the truth? please tell me what you know (or what you think)?

    • bec2224

      I said it before and I’ll say it again…if you don’t want you favorite Johnny’s to find love and happiness then you are not a true fan, you are in denial. They deserve to be happy too. And lets face it, they are not marrying a fan, percentage of that happening is like zero, zip, nada…just my 2cents.

    • bec2224

      So who is it that doesn’t allow Johnny’s to date? Is it Johnny or is it all the hate that the fans dish out, Jesus let’em alone, they are grown men with adult needs. So you, the fan will never marry them, stop this bull crap hating on the women.

    • Karen Khoo

      I know Jin Akanishi is no longer under Johnny but man he has the guts to risk his career for love.