Popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto has married a woman from outside show business and she is expected to give birth to a baby by the end of this year, his office Yoshimoto Kogyo said Sunday.
In the staement, Matsumoto commented, "I thought it would have been better to call a press conference, but decided not to because it's a little embarrassing. "It's a delicate time, so please let us alone as much as possible.''
Tabloid newspapers said the woman Matsumoto married is Rin Ihara, 26, a former weathergirl.
Matsumoto, 45, formed ''manzai'' comic backchat duo Downtown in 1982 with Masatoshi Hamada, 46, and has been active in many TV variety shows.
He published ''Isho'' (Farewell Note), a collection of essays, in 1994 and it became one of the bestsellers of the year.
Matsumoto directed, produced and starred in the 2007 movie ''Dainipponjin'' (Giant Japanese).© Wire reports