Former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda, 22, is dating kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe, 28, tabloid media reported on Wednesday.
It is said to be Maeda's first romance since she "graduated" from the group in August 2012. There is supposed to be a strict no-dating rule for members of AKB48 in order to maintain their squeaky clean image among their legions of fans.
For the past 12 months, Maeda has been active in movies and appearing on TV variety programs, and also made a guest appearance at AKB48's summer concert in Sapporo in July.
The tabloids have been announcing news of her romance with Onoe as the "birth of a big couple."© Japan Today