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11:48 pm - 01/16/2012

Ayumi Hamasaki Files for Divorce

Ayumi Hamasaki announced on her official fan club site "Team Ayu" on Tuesday that she is getting divorced from Manuel Schwarz, an Australian actor. She is filing for the divorce in America on Monday (which would be Tuesday in Japan). The two had gotten married in a Las Vegas chapel on New Year's Day last year.


ETA: Ayu's english message
To my overseas fans,

I wish to inform you theat i, ayumi hamasaki, instructes my lawyer to file for divorce on my behalf in the united states today.

At the time of our marriage, my husband and I decided to live in the united states. However,approximatetely two months later eastern japan was struck by a huge earthquake. As a result of this tragedy, I felt an overwhelming need to stay in my home county, and was forced to leave my husband alone for a long time.

My husband and I have made every effort to reach a compromise;
However, as time has passed we have grown apart. I no longer feel the same desire to move to the united states. Instead I feel that I must ask myself what I can continue to do for my country, here in japan. This has eclipsed the future I had originally envisaged with my husband, and it is for this reason that I have made this difficult decision.

It was with a grateful, but heavy heart that I read all the messages I received form my fans and the press congratulating me on my 1st wedding anniversary at the beginning of this month. It was then that I realized I had to face up to the inevitable truth that I had been avoiding.

At present, my husband is in los angeles pursuing his career as an actor in Hollywood. I would ask that my fans to respect his privacy and refrain from sending him messages or contacting him to ask for comement.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Ayumi Hamasaki

Source: TA and AHS
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crimsonbreeze 16th-Jan-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Not surprising.
reilachii 16th-Jan-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
I still don't know how I feel about this. I was never happy with their fast marriage, but divorce is always hard to live, for all the reason who bring you to that decision.
I hope she will strong, japanese media will not bash her and she will find a good guy, the one she will be the right one. she deserve it
our_scars 16th-Jan-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
aw D:
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ryrymini 16th-Jan-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
this qualifies as the least surprising news in a while.

Manuel Schwarz, an Australian actor
he's Austrian. rofl.
brooke 16th-Jan-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
That was the first thing I noticed, /facepalming at ANN right now.
kushina 16th-Jan-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Shock, horror.
doujoushin 16th-Jan-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Not that surprising... too bad it didn't work out though. ):
bestworsthings 16th-Jan-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Mannie's Austrian. Australia is all the way over on another hemisphere :P Not that I mind claiming him as a fellow national! lol

Sad to see this. Sure, not 100% unexpected but sad nonetheless. It doesn't sound like the divorce was nasty so they hopefully remain close friends. A long distance relationship is hard so we can't fault them....let's just hope the Japanese media is nice???
kazu_kumaguro 17th-Jan-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
they're LD?
tarantye_no 16th-Jan-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
really not surprising.
yunizhamasaki 16th-Jan-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
I hope she will be fine. This is a hard decision for both of them. And I'm sure Ayu is a strong lady.
aitouch 16th-Jan-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
honestly, i was waiting for this to happen. :|
goto 16th-Jan-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
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nansuki 16th-Jan-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm reactions as well.
I was excited she was getting married (although it wasn't as grand as i thought she would do it & that it was so rushed).
Now a year later, divorce? Ayu, you shouldn't rush into things.
tennyo29 16th-Jan-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Woah~! So this means she's been married for how long??
mun_chairudo 16th-Jan-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)

Not sure what to think rn.
Just wish they're parting on friendly terms and everything is OK/will be OK.

Edited at 2012-01-16 05:33 pm (UTC)
noonasays 16th-Jan-2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
aww poor ayu. i hope things go smoothly for her
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