It’s an exciting day for Arashi fans as 2 members from the Japanese pop band – Sho Sakurai & Masaki Aiba – revealed their respective marriages on the same day.
Following the happy announcement, “extraordinary double announcement”, “marriage announcement”, “Aiba-kun”, and “non-celebrity women” have been trending on social media.
Sakurai, 39, and Aiba, 38, shared similar template and messages via their agency Johnny & Associates Inc on the groups’ official fan club website. Since their spouses aren’t from the entertainment industry, their identities (both in their 30s) were not revealed. Having said that, the duo have stated that neither of their wives are pregnant and haven’t made any plans for a wedding ceremony (probably cause of Covid).
Word on the street has it that Sho Sakurai and his wife were previously university classmates. Although they’ve known each other for a few decades, they’ve only dated for 2 years. The lovebirds were spotted holidaying in Vietnam early last year. Meanwhile, Masaki Aiba and his sweetheart from the Kansai region have reportedly been together for 10 years!
When Japanese media first broke the news, many fans were amused with headlines like “Sho Sakurai and Masaki Aiba getting married”, as some thought the 2 men were tying the knot with each other. While most expressed their happiness for the newlyweds, some didn’t know how to handle it emotionally.
One comment read, “I was emotionally prepared, thinking it would come one day, but now it’s here I feel very lonely.” Another said, “How much good karma did they get in their previous lives to be able to marry Arashi members?” A separate post read, “Finally, they’re married. Plus, they’re so close they announced their marriages at the same time!!”
As you may know, Kazunari Ninomiya was the first Arashi member to walk down the aisle with former TV presenter Ayako Ito in November 2019. The couple welcomed their first child – a baby girl – in March earlier this year.
The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus.