Singer Utada Hikaru, 27, attended a live broadcast of "Tokyo Hot 100" at J-wave's Roppongi Hills studios on Sunday afternoon. The singer, who has stated her intention to take indefinite leave from the music industry from next year to "concentrate on being a person," was asked about her decision by DJ Chris Peppler.
When he joked, "Does that mean you haven't been a person until now?" Utada explained, "I didn't want to become the kind of 40 or 50-year-old woman who can't do anything without her manager's help. I want to do things for myself, like managing my finances, thinking about the cost of living and doing what normal people do. If you're 15 or 16, it's cute to be looked after, but I don't want to become a pampered, helpless adult. I don't think it looks good."© Japan Today