Pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, 35, has married a 25-year-old medical student at the University of California in Los Angeles, according to an announcement on her official fan club site TeamAyu.
According to her agency, the couple already finished their marriage procedures in the United States near the end of February. Japanese media reported Tuesday that Hamasaki's mother submitted the marriage registration papers in Japan.
Hamasaki updated her blog with the words “Just married☆” and wrote, “Today is the beginning of my married life.”
The couple announced their engagement in December. They met in January 2013 while Hamasaki was in LA on vacation.
It is Hamasaki's second marriage. She was married to Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz in Las Vegas on New Year’s Day of 2011, but filed for a divorce after a year of marriage. At the time, she said she felt uneasy being away from Japan in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 disaster.
Hamasaki has just finished filming a video for her single, " Feel the love/ Merry-go-round." She was last in Tokyo with her then-fiance in late December when she appeared on NHK's "Kohaku Uta Gassen" on New Year's Eve.© Japan Today