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This Tribute to Atsuko Maeda Covers Mostly Her Personal Life
Here is the second tribute article to former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda. Some of you may be asking why? I know that she got married in 2018 as of the last update but that does not mean that she is or will be forgotten. The tribute to her will be done because this article looks at a different side of Maeda other than her actual solo albums or movie appearances. One of these events in her life happened in 2013 and although it is an old news story, writing about it is still significant. She chose not to show up in 2013 to one of AKB48’s General Elections. Another aspect that this article will focus on is that it is being rumored that she is in the middle of a divorce or is she?
A Photo of Atsuko Maeda Taken During the Photo Sessions for the Song Beginner
The Main Reason Why Maeda Would Not Attend the Election
It was during a press conference at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan that AKB48 beauty Atsuko Maeda was asked by reporters whether she would attend the election or not. Maeda declined to comment on the issue during that time. She revealed through Twitter that she would be filming overseas and she chose to not attend the election.
What Would Happen for Those Girls That Did Qualify for the 5th General Election?
Those girls that qualified were eligible to enter their names as candidates in the 5th General Election on March 31, 2013. This is old news but it is still significant because along with the handshake events, these general elections are really important to the group. Members Erena Ono, Yuka Masuda, Rumi Yonezawa, and Sayaka Nakaya also would not end up coming to the election that year. Kayo Noro and Kazumi Urano of idol group SDN48 announced that they would attend the election.
Magazine Scans of Atsuko Maeda
Atsuko Maeda Gives Birth to A Baby Boy!
And now, here comes perhaps the greatest, biggest, and perhaps most exciting recent news about Maeda! It would be on March 4, 2019 that Maeda’s husband Ryo Katsuji confirmed that they have welcomed a baby boy into this world! Katsuji shared the news on Instagram and there was a card of the family all in squirrel form!
Atsuko Maeda in Weekly Young Jump Issue #30
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. Depending upon the source, the news may be a rumor or in fact it could be true. One source, Sankei Sports is reporting that after a sort of cooling off period, the couple felt that repairing their relationship is impossible. Their son who turns 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. At first, the agency for the actor Katsuji said that they had not heard anything about it. J-Pop Project News via Twitter revealed that lawyers for the couple are conducting divorce talks as of this writing. We hope that after this issue is settled that Maeda can get back to a more normal life.
© 2019 Ara Vahanian