"Talent" Sakura Uehara, 32, announced in a fax to media this week that she has divorced her husband Noriaki Endo, 38, an apparel maker. According to her management, Uehara cited Endo's violence against a weekly magazine cameraman last spring as the big reason she made the decision. Th efax said: "Rather than stay married and go through the motions, we decided to cancel our marriage and get on with our own lives."
Uehara married Endo in August 2003 after a three-year courtship that began as close friends. When the pair tied the knot, Uehara was quoted as saying "It's like two friends have become husband and wife."
Last spring, Endo was arrested for punching and kicking a cameraman from a weekly magazine, and that incident, coupled with other problems, are said to have led to the decision to divorce. After the incident, Uehara took a break from the celebrity world and said that it "gave me time to really rethink my life."© Japan Today