Tomomi Itano, Japan’s new it girl?

Tomomi Itano of AKB48 was recently spotted in downtown Soho, NYC, looking vibrant in pink while filming alongside former Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen for the luxury Japanese handbag Samantha Thavasa—proving fashion knows no bounds. The handbag company officially announced Tomomi as a “muse” for its brand in 2011. The singer announced she was excited and honored to represent the famous Japanese brand alongside the other famous muses, which include Beyonce and Ebihara Yuri. Muses promote, and often collaborate alongside designers, an exclusive handbag for the famous it retailer to market to their fan base.

Tomomi alongside then Gossip girl actress on set in NYC.
All eyes weren’t on our star, but it did not impede her job on set.

The Dear J singer let slip that she will be “graduating” from AKB48 this year during a promotional tour for the band’s documentary movie. Rumors, however, are a buzz that the songstress departure from the band is also due to her new relationship with EXILE’s Takahiro.


   The Shukan Bushun reported that the new couple are now living in the same building, setting twitter and social media ablaze with rumors of an impending announcement from the it couple.Heavy Rotation fans will surely mourn the stars departure, but are surely to see and hear more from the new muse in new movies, TV series, and music ventures.

Ueto Aya and HIRO Officially Married

On September 14th, actress Ueto Aya is celebrating her 27th birthday, but that almost fades into the background thanks to the announcement she made on the occasion. All the rumors about her and EXILE’s HIRO (43) have finally come to an end as they announced they have registered their marriage on the 14th.

They have yet to work out their plans and the date for their upcoming wedding reception, but there won’t be an official press conference or anything like that later today.

Ueto posted a handwritten note on her website thanking her fans for always supporting her and announcing her marriage. She seems to be very delighted to finally make the announcement, although she would have preferred to tell all her fans in person rather than releasing an open handwritten letter.

She wrote, “I cannot even express how grateful I am towards all of you for supporting me even through all the tough times. From the bottom of my heart, thank you… I’ll continue to work hard in order to live up to all the love I’m receiving and send more love to all of you.” She continued, “Is it ok that I, not just as Ueto Aya but as a woman, can experience happiness? I wouldn’t be happier if all of you could understand this and continue to cheer for me.”

HIRO also thanked his fans and explained that he wasn’t able to tell them sooner due to various reasons. He also seems to be very happy to finally let the cat out of the bag, writing, “I’ve always been running towards my dream with everything I’ve got and just like that I’ve already become 43 years old.”

He explained that turning 40 was a big turning point in his life, and he realized that, although EXILE, LDH, and his work are still important to him, he has to start thinking more about himself as a man. He has always been trying his best by himself and if it wasn’t for the smiling faces of his fans, he wouldn’t have been able to come this far. Of course, he will continue to work hard as a member of EXILE and EXILE TRIBE.