Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomaya announced he is getting married through his fan club today. He has been dating his broadcaster girlfriend, Ayako Ito, for five years. He is also the first member of Arashi to the knot.
In his handwritten letter to his fan club, he wrote, “From when I debuted in 1999 to now, it has been 20 years. I’ve had the biggest support from fans. I am really thankful to everyone. As a member of Arashi, half of my life has been spent with the group. But today, I want to make a decision here as a man and report to each fan. Even though this sudden announcement will scare a lot of people, but after I made this decision, I hope to hear everyone say, “Too wonderful!”. From here on out, I won’t have any change. Next year, Kazunari Ninomaya will also continue working hard. Being able to get everyone’s support from now on, I will be very happy.”
Kazunari Ninomaya and Ayako Ito were rumored to be dating back in 2016. It’s reported fans didn’t approve of their relationship, but that didn’t seem to bother them. The two were seen traveling to the Maldives last year, with rumors that they had already met each other’s parents.