Numerous Japanese publications are reporting on the supposed relationship between former AKB48 ace Atsuko Maeda and actor Ryo Katsuji.
The two previously crossed paths on the 2015 NTV drama series Dokonjo Gaeru, where both of them had leading roles. The two friends, and remained that way for quite a while but both Maeda and Katsuji eventually started to have stronger feelings for each other.
At the end of March 2018, Katsuji was spotted in the audience of Maeda’s stage play Soshite Boku wa Toho ni Kureru. It’s said that he was entranced every single time Maeda appeared on stage.
When asked for a comment, both of their agencies refused to give a straight answer on the relationship. Katsuji’s agency stated that since he’s an adult, private matters are left to himself. Maeda’s agency had a similar response, saying that they don’t comment on private things.
In the past Maeda has been linked to actor Shota Matsuda, while Katsuji used to be in a relationship with Erika Toda.