On August 15, former ℃-ute member Umeda Erika (30) updated her blog and Instagram account announcing her marriage and pregnancy.
Umeda wrote, "Please excuse me for mentioning a personal matter under these circumstances, but I have registered my marriage with someone I have been seeing for some time. In February, I left Tokyo and have been living my new life in Niigata." Her husband is Goto Hirokatsu, who is a radio personality and community representative in Niigata.
On Goto, she commented, "He is powerful and innocent like a young boy always giving me healing. However, behind that innocence, he is never satisfied with the current situation, so he always has goals, continues to make efforts, and humbly does his best everyday." She added, "He has many things that I don't have. Just being with him gives me the vitality to work hard."
Umeda also announced, "Actually, he and I have been blessed with a baby. We will be gaining a new family member by the end of the year. Whenever I feel it move inside of my stomach, I can't help but to feel so much love." She also explained, "I met him in Tokyo, and he wanted to take on a new challenge in his hometown of Niigata, so I came together with him. Of course with my three dogs."
Umeda expressed, "Being away from my family and friends, not knowing anybody or any place. I would be lying if I said I didn't have any anxiety about my new life in Niigata. However, he is supporting me, so I am able to enjoy my life in Niigata little by little." She continued, "I believe this is my second life. I hope to slowly become involved with work in Niigata where I can utilize my experiences. From now on I will post about my life and child-rearing experiences in Niigata."
Finally, she stated, "I will never forget that I am who I am today because of everyone who supports me everyday. We will put our strength together in order to build a happy family full of smiles."