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A Tribute to Atsuko Maeda Former Member of Girl Group Akb48 in Photos

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Atsuko Maeda in a business suit? Now that's not something you see everyday right?

Atsuko Maeda in a business suit? Now that's not something you see everyday right?

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Atsuko Maeda standing right near the entrance to the famous AKB48 Theater.

Atsuko Maeda standing right near the entrance to the famous AKB48 Theater.

Why Another Tribute to Atsuko Maeda?

Of all the celebrities in the Japanese pop music scene, Atsuko Maeda seems to be the one that is getting the most coverage these days. Given the fact that she will turn 30 years of age on July 10, 2021 and the fact that she has had to take steps to readjust her work and life responsibilities due to a life changing event, I feel that a second tribute to her is necessary. That is the reason why we will do a tribute to Atsuko Maeda in photos. As part of this tribute, the article will focus more on aspects related to her personal life and not her music and acting work.

Is Atsuko Maeda Getting Divorced?

And now we will discuss another aspect of this singer’s life that isn’t so pleasant. In January 2021, Tokyohive reported that Maeda and her husband actor Ryo Katsuji are apparently in the process of getting divorced. Their son who turned 2 years old on March 4, 2021 will be left in the middle of this and it will leave the couple with the decision of what to do. J-Pop Project News via Twitter revealed that lawyers for the couple are conducting divorce talks as of the first writing. We hope that after this issue is settled that Maeda can get back to a more normal life. In fact, the agencies for both Katsuji and Maeda were not open to discussing these reports in a confirming kind of manner. Maeda’s agency had commented that these reports are not true. Katsuji’s agency commented that they had not heard anything. What readers are about to see very soon is that Maeda actually did end up divorcing her husband. There is much more to the circumstances surrounding Maeda’s divorce than what the agencies or tabloids want to tell you. In spite of the circumstances, Maeda and Katsuji kept in touch while she was away for work and Katsuji even stopped by their apartment to help out their son. It was Katsuji who believes that the son should be raised by the mother.

More Photos of Atsuko Maeda

Atsuko Maeda (right) with Tomomi Itano (left)

Atsuko Maeda (right) with Tomomi Itano (left)

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Is Atsuko Maeda getting ready to play bass guitar?

Is Atsuko Maeda getting ready to play bass guitar?

Atsuko Maeda Files for Divorce

On April 23. 2021, Maeda reported via her Instagram account that she had filed for divorce from her husband of three years, actor Ryo Katsuji. Maeda discussed that in spite of repeated discussions with him, they eventually filed their divorce registration papers. She said that during these three years there were differences in their lifestyle and values and the two of them just started to drift apart. She also said that although the couple are no longer husband and wife, they will do their best to raise their son together. Now that her divorce is official, there has also been another aspect to this part of her life that Maeda herself opened up about recently.

Will Atsuko Maeda Get Married Again?

Maeda opens up about this subject in a rather interesting way

The other aspect that Atsuko Maeda opened up about recently was the possibility of getting married again. It was on June 8, 2021 that Maeda on the radio program called TOKYO SPEAKEASY was asked by actor Sosuke Ikematsu whether she is thinking about getting married again. Maeda responded that she is not thinking about the right now. Ikematsu and Maeda are very good friends since co-starring in the drama “Q10” back in 2010. Ikematsu went further and started to talk about how difficult it must be for Maeda to be a single mother. Maeda elaborated that she feels like she does not have enough time and because of this, she feels so restless. She also said that the day goes by very fast. Maeda said that she realizes that she is now only sleeping next to her son and that when morning arrives, she thinks that she has to go to daycare. Ikematsu came out in support of Maeda and said that this is okay because she has done such a great job. He also said that she should feel okay enough to get married again. Maeda then responded that if there ends up being someone that her son can have lots of fun with then she would consider getting married again.

But given the fact that she just recently filed for divorce, discussing the possibility of remarriage when not enough time has passed is such a personal and sensitive subject.

© 2021 Ara Vahanian

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