18-Year-Old Idol Asuka Kiraboshi Announces Pregnancy with Manager's Child
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
An 18-year-old high school idol broke the news on Twitter last week that she is pregnant with her 22-year-old manager's baby and the two have been in a relationship for the last two years. The idol, known as Asuka Kiraboshi, was met with fan backlash after she announced the news, with some dubbing the development as "the worst betrayal."
Kiraboshi mostly appeared at venues in Tokyo with the idol group "Star-Bright" until October. Her initial announcement didn't include any mention of marriage, but she wrote that she doesn't have any plans to quit being an idol and will continue to work hard.
Her fans' messages were not so optimistic. One wrote that her manager is a horrible person, another wrote that they want to celebrate the pregnancy but instead is left feeling lonely and hopeless, while another said Kiraboshi's relationship with her manager is an insult to fans and they will no longer support her as a fan.
The negative response garnered a response from Kiraboshi's manager himself. He followed up in a Tweet on Wednesday apologizing for his actions and betraying fans. Kiraboshi also issued an apology for causing trouble for everyone, including fans and staff. Kiraboshi's official blog updated with a statement from her manager apologizing again but also revealing the deep joy he felt when he learned he would become a father. He promised to devote himself to both his job as a manager and as a father.
The couple began dating two years ago and both had discussed wanting to have children. Kiraboshi's due date is June 18, so she will stop holding live performances after January 18.
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