On June 30, former Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa (33) updated her social media accounts announcing that she has married YouTube cinematographer Yamaguchi Yasutake.
Niigaki wrote, "At this time, I, Niigaki Risa, would like to announce that I have gotten married." She then introduced her new husband, saying, "My husband is a YouTube cinematographer named Yamaguchi Yasutake-san. He's honest, devoted to family, straightforward, strong, and very warm."
Niigaki expressed, "My beloved parents and sister were all very happy for me. Moreover, they were relieved. That made me the happiest. From now on, we will face each other, and with compassion, help each other to build a wonderful and lively family."
Niigaki joined Morning Musume as its fifth generation member in 2001. She served as its seventh leader from October of 2011 to May of 2012. After graduating, she has been acting with her main focus on stage plays. She married actor Kotani Yoshikazu in July of 2016, but later announced their divorce in January of 2018.