“I feel like I’ve run the race. I’ve been running like a wild boar.”
Singer Ami Suzuki (41), who held a live concert on July 1 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut, spoke to her fans at the venue with deep emotion. The day marked the 25th anniversary of her debut in 1998. She performed a total of 21 songs, including her hit song “BE TOGETHER.”
Suzuki won the top prize in a TV Tokyo-sponsored vocalist audition with more than 3,040,000 votes. She made her debut under the production of Tetsuya Komuro. At Mr. Komuro’s suggestion, her artist name at the time was ‘Ami Suzuki’ instead of her real name. She is still known by the nickname “Amigo.”
“She is also active as an actress, appearing in numerous dramas and movies. She is a famous hot and spicy food fanatic and is also a popular figure on variety shows. She is the self-proclaimed “Queen of Hot and Spicy Food.” Ms. Suzuki is now a mother of three children. She seems to be leading a fulfilling life both publicly and privately,” said an employee of a major record company.
“FRIDAY” has been paying attention to Suzuki since immediately after her debut. It has been reporting on her car date with a famous actor and her live performance in a daring dress . We would like to show the overwhelming charm of “Amigo” with her treasured photos.
With a man 12 years older than her …
This magazine first witnessed the scene of Suzuki’s love affair in October 2011.
It was a cold autumn rain in Shibuya, Tokyo. A couple came out of a fashionable apartment building under a shared umbrella. They were Mr. A, a 12 years older than Mr. Suzuki, who was in a relationship at the time.
Mr. A is a 41-year-old businessman who worked at a restaurant in Tokyo. They met through an acquaintance and started dating. Suzuki has said in magazine interviews that she is pro love (even if she is 30 years older than me),’ and the age difference does not bother her.
Suzuki seemed to be a perfect match for an older man, and she met Mr. A every day. When they met up after a stage performance, they held each other’s hands firmly and went into an izakaya (Japanese-style pub).
It was in May 2012 that we caught Suzuki on a date again. “Amigo” was in the passenger seat of actor Sosuke Takaoka’s Jeep. The car was going to a club in Roppongi, Tokyo. Takaoka was giving Suzuki, a DJ at the event, a lift to the venue.
Mr. Takaoka is the type of person who is single-minded and devoted to the person he is in a relationship with. Mr. Takaoka was probably concerned about Ms. Suzuki and took it upon himself to take her to and from the event.
In July 2004, “Amigo” announced her marriage to a man seven years younger than her. She has found happiness and continues to run toward her 26th year as an artist.
PHOTO： Makoto Kuwata Hiroyuki Sato Junsei Todoroki Kazuhiko Nakamura