It was learned on the 3rd that Tachibana Keita (27), the main vocalist of the 3-member unit w-inds., will be marrying Matsuura Aya (27). They will be submitting their marriage registration on the 4th and holding their ceremony in Hawaii this fall. It has been about 12 years since they began dating in 2001, the same year in which they both made their debuts as singers. Having been supportive of Matsuura who put a pause on all activities as a result of having endometriosis, Tachibana ended his national solo tour on this day and will be welcoming the start of a new beginning as a pair.
After compiling information from numerous sources, it appears they will be submitting their marriage registration on the 4th at a local ward office. Matsuura had visited Hawaii in June ahead of her wedding ceremony for purveyance, and the actual ceremony is planned for October or later.
The two of them first met in 2001, when they both made their debuts around the same time. They quickly hit it off and it blossomed into romance. Having experienced one break up before, they continued to nurture their love in-between their busy lives. Last year, they began living together in a high rise apartment building within the city. Backing the decision to marry was Tachibana's success when it came to work. w-inds. pulled off successful lives in Korea, China, and Hong Kong last year. On top of his popularity in various Asian countries, he made another solo debut as KEITA and released an album this June with a subsequent national tour.
The tour concluded on this day at the Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Chiba. It seems he has determined that this is the perfect timing. During the press event for the release of his photobook, "KEITA 24/7" in June, Tachibana was asked about his views on marriage and responded, "I want to have a married life with pure feelings". Even when someone called out, "Is the relationship going well?", he joked back with a smile, "My muscles are going well". It seems that he had already decided upon marriage at that time.
On the other hand, Matsuura, who had debuted in 2001 with "Dokidoki! LOVE Mail", had charmed many fans for many years with her vocal abilities and her cute "the idol of all idols" appearance. However, two summers ago she announced that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis for the past four years. Her work has been largely put on hold this past year or so, but she attended a local live event for her fanclub last month and showed everyone that she was well.
It seems that even after marrying, her activities will continue to be on hold. Though Matsuura is not pregnant, according to a physician seen by one of the sources, pregnancy is the quickest way to cure endometriosis. The two of them are looking forward to a future with children, but it also appears that this is another a big reason in their decision to marry.
Many of the sources and mutual friends of theirs gave their well wishes, saying, "They really are a well-matched couple. I wish them all the best." We are looking forward to the words they will say to their fans when they announce their wedding.
According to Daily Sports Online, they have registered their marriage today, August 4th.
Source: Sanspo Entertainment, Daily Sports Online