A former member of a famous Japanese girl group dropped a major bomb with her post on her socials recently. In her post, Manaka Shida (志田愛佳), who first rose to fame as a member of the J-pop group Keyakizaka46, revealed that she’s now working as a pub hostess at a famous nightclub known as Next Ginza.
Manaka made her debut as a member of Kezakiyaka46 back in 2016, at the young age of 18. However, she went on a hiatus in 2018, due to poor health conditions. She officially left the group in November of the same year. Fast forward to 2022, the 24-year-old herself announced that she had officially switched her job, transitioning from the glamorous idol life to the adult-oriented business industry.
“I’ve started working at a ‘Cabakura’ (combination of cabaret and club). I think many people would be surprised by the news. In fact, I’ve wanted to do this work since a long time ago, but I didn’t practically do it because I thought it was an unrelated job. However, many of my acquaintances supported me and I believe we only live once. So that’s why I decided to do it,” Manaka shared on Instagram.
“I do feel nervous but I’m trying my best because it’s the job that I really wanted to do. I’m always thankful to everyone who cheers for me. I’m glad that we finally have a chance to meet each other. So, I’d be happy if you come and hang out with me. Women are also welcomed 😊🖤,” she added in her long post.
That being said, it looks like the news was met with positive reactions from many fans of the idol singer. They took to the comments section to express their support for the singer’s new career path. They left comments such as, “Go for it,” “I’m rooting for you in whatever you’re doing,” “Good luck ♥️ I’ll always cheer for you.” and also, “I will definitely be going (to the club).”