Shoken’s new love is a model
If you thought Ryoko Hirosue’s rumored boyfriend was the magazine’s biggest scoop, it wasn’t.
The big news in this week’s Josei Seven is actor Kenichi Hagiwara (60) and his relationship with “housewife model” Rika Tomita (48). On 8/18 reporters went to Kenichi’s home in Yokohama to verify the story, while Rika’s agency said that she just recently divorced her husband.
The reporters waited a whole five hours outside of Kenichi’s home, and when he returned, they asked for a comment regarding the claims the magazine had [of him and Rika living together] and he denied it. Although, he did say that some parts of the article in Josei Seven do hold some truth. He said he will formally confess to the model [the next day].
According to Josei Seven, the two met last November for an article in a beauty magazine and have been seen together since. The two have been photographed holding hands around China Town in Yokohama. Rika said that she’s a huge fan of the actor, and so they got along from the very beginning.
Kenichi’s been around the block a couple of times before this. His nickname is Sho Ken from when he was the lead singer of The Tempters back in the days. He’s been married three times before, including actress Ayumi Ishida.