It's been reported that actress Maeda Atsuko (29) and actor Katsuji Ryo (34) are working with a lawyer to file for a divorce.
According to multiple sources, the couple had many discussions regarding their relationship during a cooling-off period, but determined that it was difficult to fix. They are in talks for a divorce while prioritizing the future of their son, who was born in March of 2019.
Maeda and Katsuji tied the knot in July of 2018 after just four months of dating. According to people close to the two, the two separated last spring. In the beginning of their marriage, the couple had prepared a room in the same apartment building as Maeda's parents so that they could get help with child-rearing while Maeda continued acting.
Apparently, Maeda felt nervous about becoming a mom and would often feel nervous, even before giving birth. Whenever she felt stressed about child-rearing, she relied on her parents. Katsuji, who felt isolated amidst all of this, left home, and started living in a different apartment complex that he had rented for work space.
In order to start anew, Maeda also moved to a different apartment complex about five minutes away by car from her parent's home. Their relationship as husband and wife wasn't completely over, and this was meant to be a temporary separation to serve as a cooling-off period. However, tabloid magazines reported last June that they had separated.
Despite the circumstances, Katsuji kept in touch with Maeda while she was away for work and often visited their apartment to help out with their son.
However, the couple continued to drift apart, and eventually, Katsuji couldn't see his son as often as he wanted to. Katsuji, who would often talk about his son on TV, started worrying about the future of his marriage and family.
Meanwhile, Maeda had no intention of getting a divorce and looked for ways to mend their relationship. It was at the start of this year that she felt divorce was inevitable. As such, they hired a lawyer and started talking about divorce.
Maeda and Katsuji have agreed that they would put their son's future first. Katsuji believes that it is best for a child to be raised by their mother, so apparently he has no plans to fight for custody. As the father, however, he plans to be present in their child's life after the divorce is settled.
On the divorce reports, Maeda's agency commented, "This is not true," while Katsuji's agency stated, "We have not heard anything."