Actress Aya Ueto, 27, and HIRO, the 43-year-old leader of the band Exile, registered their marriage on Friday, Ueto's birthday, their management agencies announced Saturday.
Ueto and HIRO, whose real name is Hiroyuki Igarashi, have been dating since last year. Tabloids first reported back in January that wedding plans were in the air but their management agencies denied it.
A spokesman for Ueto's agency said a date for a wedding ceremony and reception have not yet been finalized, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Speaking about his new wife who has been in show business for 15 years, HIRO said in a statement to media: "She dedicated her youth to her career and continues to work hard. I learn a lot from her. I respect her way of thinking and her way of life. I wanted, from the bottom of my heart, to make her happy."© Japan Today