Arama They Didn't

1:27 pm - 06/20/2013

Ken Hirai gets married to boyfriend in Ni-chome?

Ken Hirai got married! His partner is that muscular, bearded, short-haired boyfriend...

Ken Hirai has always had the rumour of being a "gaynoujin [gay performer]" stuck to him. It seems that Ken had a wedding in complete secrecy.

From Tokyo Sports Newspaper:

"While performers that are openly gay and those who are a bit more reserved are increasing, there are many "gaynoujin" that cannot come out because of their public image or their female fans. Mainly actors and singers, however, we have caught onto astonishing evidence concerning the popular singer H who is constantly stopped from coming out by his company or the people and circumstances around him.

A staff member in the gay industry said, "K-chan (H's first name), reserved a restaurant in 2-Chome [area known for it's LGBT culture] and had a gay wedding. It's true. My husband attended the ceremony".

H's house is actually close-by, and was often seen around the neighbourhood. The same person told more, "I saw K-chan meeting with actor O for meals many times in a Yoyogi-Uehara cafe. It was right around the time that the rumour of them dating spread on the internet. But O had a fake marriage. I wonder if that provoked him".

Up until now, H has been photographed many times by magazines with a short-haired, bearded, muscular man and, his spouse is likely to be his long-time boyfriend. H is very onee [effeminate gay man] at concerts and radio programs for his fans, and the day he will completely come out seems to be near!?"

FRIDAY published an article in 2004 but, they just got photos with the boyfriend last year.

They've been together for a long and, it's probably time for them to have a wedding...

By the way, rumours about his "ex-boyfriend" Yuuji Oda, in today's FRIDAY there was an article titled "Yuuji Oda "I love boys (heart)" with photos", this is in relation to the July drama "Oh, My Dad!", where he plays a single father.


Yuuji Oda

"A Fuji TV staff said, "Since this is his first time to have the role of a father, he's extremely motivated about it. He also told magazine staff who came here for an interview, "I am doing the role of a father so, maybe this kind of pose would be nice" and naturally suggested things. After the interview he hugged the staff among other things, anyway he's a passionate person"

Of course, it looks like he shows his passion even at the filming locations. At the start of June, on the way to the Yokohama filming location, even when the cameras weren't filming, Oda spoke with the male child actor, gave him loving hugs, he really seemed like a real father. Although it seems that Oda is only reported to be hard to please, he really does love that boy~."

Well, most people would ignore this but, I am caught in the way this was written.

But if he cheers up because of that cute boy then, maybe it means that weird rumours are not floating around the set.

So, back to Ken Hirai, people say that the reason male singers do not come out because they have female fans.

But even if they say so, if he is totally onee in lives and on radio shows made for fans, and if he still keeps his popularity that way, maybe in Hirai's case, his fans already accepted it?

Onee performers are overflowing on television and, even these day on NHK, things concerning gender is seriously accepted. There is no such thing as having a duty at birth and having set preferences, and it would be nice if Japan could be a little more open and accepting about this too.

And so, Hirai, congratulations!

[Netizen comments (click to open)]6: チーター(東日本) 2013/06/16(日) 22:42:39.18 ID:LRN6oVoo0
So he really is gay

7: ターキッシュアンゴラ(東京都) 2013/06/16(日) 22:42:50.52 ID:Q9czSpIi0

9: ラグドール(栃木県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:43:29.00 ID:gBJ2jJex0
So you get rumored to be gay even when you're just drinking with a friend?... What a tough world.

10: ジョフロイネコ(東京都) 2013/06/16(日) 22:43:50.68 ID:AgFicrBP0
But this guy is seriously gay (´・ω・`)

11: しぃ(WiMAX) 2013/06/16(日) 22:44:04.14 ID:fYF7+XIPP
I'm glad it isn't a fake marriage like Yuji Oda's

12: ボブキャット(神奈川県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:44:09.72 ID:KDl1sWbF0

15: ジャングルキャット(鹿児島県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:44:44.40 ID:iJRl2/gF0
Sis Ken...

21: ペルシャ(埼玉県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:46:11.63 ID:WFyfIOB1T
He's not hiding it so just leave him alone

22: エキゾチックショートヘア(岡山県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:46:12.34 ID:XVbqVhlW0
And to think that he's an ikemen

25: マーブルキャット(dion軍) 2013/06/16(日) 22:47:08.68 ID:50XLWrRN0
Oh, so it wasn't with Kiyoshi Hikawa?

    29: ラ・パーマ(チベット自治区) 2013/06/16(日) 22:49:10.36 ID:BFkTS2RO0
    Wasn't Kiyoshi Hikawa's partner Yuki Matsumura?

    39: サイベリアン(茨城県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:52:32.67 ID:nJq/pJxp0
    Hikawa likes a middle-aged ikemen like Yuki Matsumura, not some well-built mustache baldie.


26: しぃ(やわらか銀行) 2013/06/16(日) 22:48:06.93 ID:D9Zlf20RP
He's a role model for gay men

27: ラグドール(愛知県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:48:10.87 ID:f3zcw+3g0
Why do the gays grow their mustache/beard?

    57: シャム(やわらか銀行) 2013/06/16(日) 23:05:34.55 ID:c3IRTC790
    Might be a marker saying "Hey, I'm gay" in order for them to find partners easily.

32: サビイロネコ(岡山県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:50:00.58 ID:GnFikCQq0
Are they romantically involved? No way, they're just friends, right?

38: ジャパニーズボブテイル(関東・東海) 2013/06/16(日) 22:50:58.68 ID:r/zZqKnm0
Who's the man and who's the woman here?

40: カラカル(沖縄県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:52:35.93 ID:R94JAanA0
Does he always wear short pants?

41: サバトラ(千葉県) 2013/06/16(日) 22:52:44.34 ID:7qBkUQr40
So he isn't a homo!
Or so I originally thought. But he is one after all, huh.

45: アムールヤマネコ(やわらか銀行) 2013/06/16(日) 22:54:53.06 ID:fkt/ueFE0
Sis Ken is playing a gay character on radio, and he also has some gay coming-out songs in his albums, so I guess it can't be helped if there are rumors like this.

50: ハバナブラウン(東日本) 2013/06/16(日) 22:58:56.67 ID:hjY8XYqtO
"Sono te de, sono te de, watashi o Yogoshite
Nando mo, nando mo, watashi o kowashite"
(Taint me with those hands, those hands...
Break me again and again...)

    51: トラ(東京都) 2013/06/16(日) 22:59:18.43 ID:TdQf+I210
    I got the chills

52: マーゲイ(石川県) 2013/06/16(日) 23:00:56.95 ID:Nax+hsFY0
Elite of the gay world

55: ジャガーネコ(チベット自治区) 2013/06/16(日) 23:03:49.95 ID:Evwah0XN0
Didn't he once say on radio "In the case of my boyfriend~"

62: アンデスネコ(中国地方) 2013/06/16(日) 23:09:24.40 ID:y4bMlzbT0
So Ken-san really is one, huh

63: トンキニーズ(新潟・東北) 2013/06/16(日) 23:09:31.60 ID:4hIjkEkcO
Ane (sis) Hirai-san

65: コドコド(愛知県) 2013/06/16(日) 23:12:01.55 ID:xcZRGJG70
Ken Hirai has this song where the lyrics go "I want to open it with your KEY that's tilted to right", or something like that.
That's totally a homo song.

66: コラット(埼玉県) 2013/06/16(日) 23:13:17.10 ID:CF6P8m9lP
Uhm, well...
In 2-Chome? I was trying to reply with that but I'm having a hard time reacting since it all seems so true LOL
Anyway, I hope he'll be happy.

67: スナドリネコ(兵庫県) 2013/06/16(日) 23:15:23.86 ID:ZePpK7oa0
They look good together.
I'm giving them my blessings.

68: オセロット(WiMAX) 2013/06/16(日) 23:16:56.81 ID:kWZkfK9h0
Ken Hirai sure is nice.
But the female listeners oftentimes think that he's singing the parts "Kimi~" to them, but it was actually for "men".

69: クロアシネコ(新疆ウイグル自治区) 2013/06/16(日) 23:17:27.42 ID:kt7EqDKG0
I hope he'll live a happy life

70: アンデスネコ(関東・甲信越) 2013/06/16(日) 23:21:36.05 ID:otcZAPPoO

75: 黒トラ(大阪府) 2013/06/16(日) 23:29:55.95 ID:hFrHj+on0

84: しぃ(奈良県) 2013/06/16(日) 23:37:14.12 ID:Q0yK6E770
So he didn't get married with Oda-san in America?

91: コドコド(富山県) 2013/06/17(月) 00:00:13.96 ID:LLXviWjB0
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I used to like him

95: ユキヒョウ(千葉県) 2013/06/17(月) 00:04:39.75 ID:0vaGlbjf0
Gays are delicate. There are a lot of lyricists who are gay.

100: オセロット(新疆ウイグル自治区) 2013/06/17(月) 00:09:17.60 ID:fgbeK6oM0
What a waste, he would have been so popular with the ladies

102: 白黒(愛知県) 2013/06/17(月) 00:09:32.20 ID:hxfl+8Gi0
Sis Ken... I'll always support you. Please be happy.

106: ギコ(福井県) 2013/06/17(月) 00:12:00.57 ID:W9IW1Qu3P
He should come out like they do overseas

109: ギコ(やわらか銀行) 2013/06/17(月) 00:14:35.82 ID:TMbso08yP
Congratulations! Good Job.

112: ターキッシュアンゴラ(九州地方) 2013/06/17(月) 00:25:47.46 ID:uE3wqcp4O
Let him come out properly. I'm rooting for him.

source: 1, 2 translated by tsunemi

Aw, I'm so happy for him. He deserves all the happiness in the world. I told my Japanese teacher about this and she was so unsurprised like "...ah...(makes sense)".
minakuu 20th-Jun-2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
lol I didn't even knew he was gay. But good for him, wishing them a good future! :)
peachie_ego ...ummm what?20th-Jun-2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm getting nothing for this messy ass post other than it's a 'rumor.' rme
thomaswilmoore 20th-Jun-2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Always heard he was gay, I think it's not just a rumor...
Anyway, good for them!
arsinoi 20th-Jun-2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Totally not a surprise. Does Japan allow gay marriage though or was it "symbolic"? It's funny that I had a friend who was a hardcore yaoi fan, claimed to know if someone was gay but had a hard time believing it when I told her Ken was one. She seriously liked him I suppose. :D If it's true, gratz to them and I hope more gay entertainers come out.
doujoushin 20th-Jun-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
They don't allow it so it was definitely just symbolic.
senshicalico 21st-Jun-2013 12:09 am (UTC)
With the family registry m e s s I doubt Japan will ever allow gay marriage any time in the next century tbqh.
doujoushin 20th-Jun-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Aww good for him! Here's hoping he'll be able to come out soon... because seriously. :l Need more openly gay and popular singers in Japan.

...or well, getting a first one would be nice. :|
lettace 21st-Jun-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
I think Mackey is gay
serria 21st-Jun-2013 06:36 am (UTC)
Agreed! I unfortunately don't see gay marriage coming to Japan anytime soon (though I'd love to be pleasantly surprised)... but I think the first step is getting these things more out in the open, and creating an environment where people feel more comfortable with coming out. It'd be awesome to see more gay public figures who are out, especially among the musicians and actors that young people look up to.
inachan89 20th-Jun-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Read this before,no other source apart from that staff member?Oh well,if it's true,congrats!
asth77 20th-Jun-2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who he is but congrats!
mizakiwa 20th-Jun-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
If it's true, congrats to him ^u^
aoi0101 20th-Jun-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
congrats Ken Hirai! all the best for your future and i'm supporting you! (and as a fujoshi, i support gay marriage, so i think this is good(?))
lovely_tunes 20th-Jun-2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
judging from the first picture, i'd say Ken could do better

but i do love him. LOVE LOVE LOVE him.
faifantc 20th-Jun-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
My first celebrity crush! :'( My heart...

lol, but yay!!! I'm so happy for him. <3 <3 <3
myharu 20th-Jun-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I read this on Maji de and I was happy that some of the netizens supported him

45s 20th-Jun-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Same. I'm actually surprised
xcapsule 20th-Jun-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
same, some of their comments were really adorable
volume1995 20th-Jun-2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
rim1789 20th-Jun-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Love him ^^ If this is true, congrats ! ^O^ I m really happy for both of them
koichiko 20th-Jun-2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Awwww! So awesome! :D
synthesizia 20th-Jun-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
I thought he officially came out in like, 2009 or something. I believe there was a big post here and everything.

I hope this is true. Good for him, congratulations to the newlyweds!

pure_belladonna 20th-Jun-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
awesome! This is good news!
krzhope 20th-Jun-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
i didn't even know he was gay~ but congrats to him and his partner/husband! =D
arashic5 20th-Jun-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I thought he was with kaneshiro takeshi?
helios_blue 21st-Jun-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Kaneshiro's gay? 0_o
That'll be such an overkill couple though LOL
arashic5 22nd-Jun-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
Well that's what I read years ago.. Could be wrong lol
ocha_suki 20th-Jun-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
eeh? i thought he already came out since years ago @__@
anyway, whateva that make him happy, i'll be happy for him too.
omedetou Hirai-san \(^3^)/
lettace 21st-Jun-2013 12:06 am (UTC)
adjeng_allzoun 21st-Jun-2013 12:27 am (UTC)
" is very onee [effeminate gay man] "
so.. H is the uke? O_O
sadistic_dance 21st-Jun-2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Ken Hirai has this song where the lyrics go "I want to open it with your KEY that's tilted to right", or something like that.
That's totally a homo song.

I don't know why that's so funny to me.
bear100 21st-Jun-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
lol irl
hadashi_no_eden 21st-Jun-2013 12:56 am (UTC)
I love his music. I'm happy for him.
abuchan 21st-Jun-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
I got the gay vibe from Hirai Ken since the first time I saw him so I wasn't surprised but then Oda Yuji was mentioned...
nara_heiwa 21st-Jun-2013 02:22 am (UTC)
waaa congrats for him *-*
tks for the info
tsukiokuhime 21st-Jun-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Side eyeing my friend who is against LGBT but is his fan, his song is perfect, being gay don`t mean his song gets less perfect
bridgetothesky 21st-Jun-2013 03:03 am (UTC)
duno if its true, but happy for him either way! and shame on them for suggesting oda yuuji's passionate senpain-ness as a pedophile thing..
liime_arix 21st-Jun-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
I don't think they were trying to make him out to be a pedo. I think it was more like his paternal instincts came in when around the boy when he usually has a reputation of being difficult.
harukakamiya 21st-Jun-2013 03:37 am (UTC)
HOW ARE SOME OF YOU JPOP FANS WITHOUT KNOWING WHO THE LEGENDARY KEN HIRAI IS (I'm not being that hyperbolic, he really is that famous in Japan)

Anyway, I'm so happy for him and I'm glad he's getting a lot of support from netizens around the world, not just in Japan.
prismboy 21st-Jun-2013 05:17 am (UTC)
WOAH. I had no idea he was gay in the first place! I love him even more now!
a_cheshire_grin 21st-Jun-2013 07:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations to both of them! ^.^
shunluv 21st-Jun-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
always heard his rumor about this.
if it is true i hope he gonna be happy^^
but this is the first time i ever heard of Oda Yuuji is his ex bf *_*
helios_blue 21st-Jun-2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
If this is really true, somehow I'm not surprised...
I've always felt something different about him.
Doesn't make me love his music less~
fanaticjans 23rd-Jun-2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Finally! I'm so happy for Ken-chan! (>.<)

Edited at 2013-06-23 03:39 pm (UTC)
princess_momo 23rd-Jun-2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Gratz to him! Use condoms.
niew_ribbon 25th-Jun-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
I remember Masaki Koh tweeted when he watched Ken on tv and said "he's cute".
That's when my imagination starts >:D mwahahahaha
congratulation Hirai Ken! :D
royu_kiyo 26th-Jun-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Get it Ken.
Also, love your songs.
mfls2010916 26th-Jun-2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
The fact that people don't know who Hirai Ken is...

I guess congratulations are in order except Japan doesn't recognize any form of same sex union so they basically just had a 'we're in love' party.

I hope his husband tells him to get back to his more R&B roots.
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