Popular actress Norika Fujiwara, 37, and her husband Tomonori Jinnai, 35, will file for divorce in the near future, her office said Thursday. They got married in February 2007, with around 2,000 fans surrounding the place of their ceremony.
Jinnai, a comedian, told a TV program Thursday morning, ''We are keeping our distance so that things will move in the right direction.'' Fujiwara is currently in Kenya as an ambassador for the Red Cross.
News of the divorce was first reported by tabloid media earlier Thursday. According to the reports, Fujiwara and Jinnai have already signed the divorce papers. The reports quoted sources close to the two as saying that they have irreconcilable differences and that they made the decision to divorce after Fujiwara finished her musical at the end of February.
While Fujiwara is based in Tokyo, Jinnai has commuted between Tokyo and Osaka for his regular TV programs. Insiders say the two have been stressed out due to the long-distance relationship since their marriage in 2007.© Japan Today