What did “FRIDAY” report 10, 20, or 30 years ago? In “Playback Friday,” we take a look back at the topics that were popular at the time. This time, we bring you the “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Rumored Lover and Her Handsome and Handsome Date” from the September 27, 2001 issue, which was published 10 years ago.
A little past 9 p.m. in early September, a man and a woman with a “mysterious” look appeared from a tower apartment in Tokyo, hiding their faces with large masks. The man with blond hair, wearing a black mini one-piece and striped high socks was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (20 at the time). And the man in a red T-shirt and shorts who is gently leaning against her is the rumored boyfriend – Toshi Fukase (27 at the time) of SEKAI NO OWARI.
The two were headed by cab to an underwater art exhibition in Tokyo. Although they were wearing masks, the two stood out in the exhibition with their unique fashions. Sure enough, one of the couples asked, “You are Kyary, right? and for a moment, Kyary looked puzzled.
Then Fukase interrupted her as if to say, “Excuse me! Fukase intervened as if to say, “I’m sorry!
After admiring the colorful goldfish swimming in the huge aquarium with great interest, the two left the venue with a satisfied look on their faces and took a cab back to the townhouse. As they were heading for the entrance, a car passed by right next to her. She immediately said, “Watch out! Fukase hugged Kyary’s shoulder. The two, who had unintentionally gotten close to each other on the street, looked at each other, smiled at each other, and disappeared amicably into the entranceway.
Kyary and Fukase, who were already active on the world stage at the time, were first discovered to be romantically involved in a report in Shukan Josei (Weekly Woman) three months earlier. Kyary and Fukase, who had just finished a world tour, were spotted by many spectators on a date at a fireworks display at Zushi Beach.
In response to this report, Kyary’s record company denied any romantic relationship between the two. However, the magazine’s scoop revealed that they were “semi-living together. At the time, Kyary made no comment when contacted by this magazine, but a year later, in August 2002, Fukase acknowledged their relationship on Twitter (now X), announcing that they had already been together for two years.
After declaring their “relationship,” the two often uploaded photos of their relationship on Instagram and Twitter, including a two-shot and Fukase’s gift of a fishing set for Kyary’s birthday, but around the summer of 2003, the two were said to have broken up. However, it is said that they broke up around the summer of 2003.
On July 24, Kyary tweeted 《Reborn 7.24》, and it was discovered that the image with Fukase on it had been deleted from Instagram. On the other hand, Fukase also tweeted a mysterious code titled “QUESTION” in August, which, when deciphered, became “WE BROKE UP” (we broke up), which became a topic of conversation among fans.
In July this year, Kyary completed her first world tour in five years and continues to be active as a representative icon of “KAWAII” in Japan. On the other hand, she also says that she wants to be as natural as possible when she is off the road. Kyary, who married actor Hayama Shono (27) in March and has begun to share her opinions on SNS and other media, is now in her 30s, and we wonder what she will show us.
PHOTO： Shu Nishihara