My wife is a handsome fan.”
Ryuhei Maruyama (39) of “Kanjani Eight” said so on a variety show in 2005. Since then, his fans have referred to themselves as his “wives. Maruyama, who is a great writer, updates his blog almost every day and whispers loving words to his girlfriends. But aside from his “wife,” Maruyama is in love with another woman.
On a Friday afternoon in early August at 3:30 p.m. in the piercing sun, Maruyama emerged from his elegant apartment in Tokyo wearing sunglasses and walking at a brisk pace.
Maruyama is more of a comedian, with a unique sense of words and a strong funny face that he uses to make one-liners. Since the five-member lineup was formed, he has been supporting the group on the music side as the main vocalist. On the day of the event, there was a three-and-a-half-hour special of “Music Station” (TV Asahi), and “Kanjani Eight” also appeared on the program,” said a source from the record company.
Maruyama hurries toward the pickup truck. At that moment, however, he turned his head and smiled behind him, as if regretting his last moment, and got into the car briskly.
Who was on the other end of Maruyama’s smile? This magazine had witnessed the other party.
About five minutes before the car arrived, Maruyama appeared at the entrance. Near him was a petite woman in a mint green one-piece dress.
She is 19 years younger than Maruyama and will turn 21 this year. She used to work part-time at a restaurant in Tokyo, but now works at a dental clinic in Chiba Prefecture.
Maruyama is loved by her fans for her simple and soothing character, but it was in Roppongi (Minato-ku), a social gathering place for adults, that the two first met.
Maruyama is known for his devotion to his fans, and has stated that he will not get married if that is what his fans want.
Since his debut, he has maintained a no-scandal policy for almost 20 years. At the end of last year, Maruyama appeared on “Suddenly, Can I Tell Your Luck? (Fuji Television Network). Maruyama said, ‘As long as I’m doing this job, I’ve given up on marriage,’ and many of his fans would rather see him get married. It is still a fun time in their new relationship, and neither Maruyama nor Mr. A seem to be thinking about the future. ……
Hopefully, the “wives” who have supported Maruyama will also support his love. ……
In the September 15-22 issue of “FRIDAY” (September 15-22, 2012), which went on sale on September 1, we reported in detail on Maruyama’s encounter with Ms. A and their Disney date. It also includes photos of the two right after their overnight date. The paid version of “FRIDAY GOLD” also published several photos.
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PHOTO： Shu Nishihara Nishi Keisuke