Today brought a revelation on the mysterious lady that Tegoshi Yuya (25) was caught embracing a few weeks ago. With much regret, tabloids across Japan reported that Tegoshi’s lovely mistress of the night was not NEWS’ manager, dowager empress Julie Keiko Fujishima, but rather SKE48’s darling 19-year-old Kito Momona. Fangirls hoping to hook up with Tego in the future should note it looks like he has a definite type, [very young and in the AKB family]. Good luck, Girls!
Reports claim the two shared a special evening together back on May 25th. Allegedly, they hooked up at a party, a friendly shindig where booze flowed freely, and as pictures reveal, the pair proceeded to spend the rest of the night engaged in a pleasant heap of entangled limbs. Investigative journalism reveals that Momona posted a picture of herself to her blog on May 26. In the post, Momo claims she's feeling a little under the weather, and offers a sincere and heartfelt apology to her fans for missing an important handshake event scheduled for that day. Shockingly, Momona is still wearing the identical outfit seen in the scandalous photos from the previous night! She couldn't even change clothes first??
Awkward pawing and necking aside, the big news here is that Kito Momona is only 19, and the legal drinking age in Japan is 20. While Momo is no stranger to scandal, neither is NEWS. And the combination of alcohol and minors is a big deal, as NEWS fans should already know. To quickly summarize, in 2005, NEWS' very own Uchi Hiroki was exiled from the group for underage drinking at the delicate age of 18. FujiTV announcer Yukino Kikuma (33 at the time) was caught with him and even arrested. Infuriated fans, political pressure, and threats from Johnny & Associates forced Fuji to remove Yukino from the air for months.
Surely some backlash must come from these newly revealed details. Wota won’t take kindly to their devoted Momona ditching them for an all-nighter with some D-list Johnny.
Meanwhile, after having already set their own harsh precedent for dealing with underage drinking, will Johnny & Associates really be allowed to ignore Tegoshi’s presence at a boozy party with underage girls?
No doubt more can be expected from this story in the future.
Editor's Note: It was suggested to me that SKE48 should be the headliner here, for obvious reasons.