NEWS member Yuya Tegoshi loves his friends but also sees them as his biggest rivals, reports Yomiuri Shimbun on June 19.
“I started playing soccer when I was at kindergarten and loved it, even now it’s a part of my life.
I practice with my team as captain, and we enter competitions. No matter how busy I am at work, I have to move my body. I love playing and being with my friends. It gets me ready for the next day.
I constantly train my body. Even if we have two concerts in one day, I can cool down properly and don’t get tired the next day. Compared to soccer, singing and dancing at the same time is a piece of cake.
Soccer has made me an incredibly competitive person. I made my debut with NEWS at fifteen, I was the youngest member in the group and had only joined Johnny’s 10 months before. I had no dance experience. I was literally the worst in the group and it really annoyed me.
Up to then I was always a leader. The anchor in the relay team, the captain of the cheering squad, the team leader in school trips. So for the first time I felt out of place, and I didn’t like going to work.
That competitiveness in me started coming out. I’d take dance lessons in secret. I wanted to be a better singer so I hired a voice trainer and practiced the songs over and over again at karaoke.
The NEWS members are my friends, but they’re also my biggest rivals. I want to be the best that I can. I feel a lot of gratitude towards soccer for teaching me to push myself further.”
I love his confidence. LOL. and soccer is his life.
I feel Tesshi's gonna be the face/voice/center/whatever it is of 4nin NEWS, w/c I really find ironic coz he was the youngest, once nobody member of NEWS when they debuted.