Japanese actress Rie Miyazawa, 42, has announced that her longtime anticipated divorce with her Hawaii-based husband of seven years has finally been finalized.
The announcement came in a fax sent to the mass media from Miyazawa’s agency on March 18, in which she wrote that the couple had finalized the divorce procedures “after discussing the matter on a number of occasions.”
“I am looking forward to move on toward a new beginning as an actress, a mother and a single individual,” she wrote.
The Dutch-Japanese actress married her husband, a former pro surfer-turned entrepreneur, in April 2009, just a month before she gave birth to their daughter. At the time, Miyazawa openly spoke of her dreams of “building a family full of originality,” having her husband and herself frequently traveling to and from Hawaii and Japan to spend time together.
Three years after the marriage, however, in May 2012, Miyazawa announced, again via fax, that the couple has decided to split due to different commitments and “differences in way of thinking,” stating that it had become “difficult to carry on.”
The couple has been in the process of finalizing their divorce since then, including arranging custody of their 6-year-old daughter, which is believed to have been the most difficult negotiation in settling the split, Sport Nippon reported.
Miyazawa rose to fame as a child actress and later caused a stir in Japan, including the release of a nude photo book titled "Santa Fe" at the age of 18, announcing her engagement to sumo wrestler Takanohana, only to call it off two months later, revealing drinking issues, an attempted suicide and battles with anorexia.
In recent years, she has been leading a more stable and successful career, including launching a regular TV talk show and starring in the lead role for “Pale Moon,” a multiple award-winning movie released in 2014.© Japan Today