12:01 am - 02/27/2012
[omg] Ayumi Hamasaki imposes gag order on ex-husband?
Japanese diva Ayumi Hamasaki wedded Austrian model-actor Manuel Schwarz on 1 Jan last year.
Now just barely over a year later, the two have called it quits.
Ayumi had issued an official statement on her divorce days ago, citing that the distance between Manuel and her, as well as her unwillingness to leave Japan for the reasons behind the split.
According to overseas media reports, the singer has reportedly signed a 200 million yen (S$3.2 million) confidentiality agreement with Manuel, where the latter is not allowed to leak any inside information pertaining to their divorce.
Other conditions of the agreement include not being allowed to pose for a nude pictorial, work for any Japanese publishing house, discuss anything about her with anyone or ask for more money in future.
If Manuel does not adhere to the agreement, he would face a huge penalty.
When asked, Ayumi's management company denied the existence of the agreement, but her lawyer, however, did not refute the rumour.
On the other hand, the singer, who recently returned home to Japan after working in Dubai, refused to make any comments when she was approached by reporters at the airport.
It was only when Ayumi heard one reporter ask about what she had to say to her fans that she responded.
"I'm sorry to have caused anyone to worry," she said.
She later left a cryptic message on Twitter which seemed to be about her divorce with Manuel.
"I have no regrets because it was what I wanted at the time!" the singer wrote.