Japanese “talent” Becky, 32, who became the target of fierce public and media bashing in January due to her rumored affair with Enon Kawatani, 27, the vocalist of the popular band Gesu no Kiwami Otome, is said to be leading a void and secluded life at home following her retreat from the show business world.
“For a person who used to run a by-the-second occupied schedule for over 10 years, she is now troubled by a major sense of loss, which escalates day by day,” an unidentified close friend of Becky’s told the media, referring to the star’s complete loss of work since the end of January, Sports Nippon reported.
Following the scandal revelation on Jan 7, Becky went into an “enforced” leave from the show business world, withdrawing (or being dropped) from all commercials and regular TV programs she had been featured in.
Becky is currently said to be staying predominantly at home with her family, who help her cope with the situation. Her manager and friends from the show business world are also supporting her through occasional contacts. According to Sports Nippon, the 32-year-old has been advised not to watch TV in order to prevent deterioration of her condition.
Becky, previously one of the most popular TV personalities in Japan, had 10 regular TV programs, one radio program, and was backed up by 10 sponsors, for whom she had been the main commercial face for years in her career.
The scandal broke with the release of the Jan 7 issue of the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine which reported it had seen LINE messages in which Kawatani reportedly said he wanted to marry Becky if he could divorce his wife. Becky denied having a relationship with Kawatani during a press conference on Jan 6, but a second report by Shukan Bunshun released on Jan 21 leaked another apparent LINE conversation between the two, in which they were reportedly cheerfully discussing the initial scoop, saying that “it may actually set (them) free (to go public with the affair).” The second leak caused an enormous damage to Becky’s career, drastically impairing her long-time image of pure and scandal-free celebrity.
Currently, it is unclear when and whether Becky can restore her career and return to the showbiz spotlight, but several TV program producers are believed to have been contacting Becky’s agency, inquiring about her current status, Sports Nippon says. The newspaper also cited a commercial TV channel representative as saying that Becky may be expected to return to TV “sometime in the summer at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, Kawatani’s band, who made their major debut in December last year, is apparently undamaged by the scandal, successfully launching their all-Japan tour on March 13.© Japan Today