On January 31st, SPEED member Shimabukuro Hiroko (38) and stage actor Saotome Yuki (26) took to their Instagram accounts to announce their divorce. According to reports, the two filed for divorce on the 30th.
Shimabukuro wrote, "I'm sorry to trouble you with my personal affairs, but I have decided to end my marital relationship with Saotome-san. This is the conclusion that we reached after carefully talking about it."
She added, "I am grateful to have been Saotome-san's partner. I will continue to do my best with work and enjoy my everyday, so please support me. With many thanks."
Similarly, Saotome reported, "It's a personal matter, but I have decided to end my marital relationship with Shimabukuro Hiroko-san. We spent a lot of time talking about it and reached a conclusion that we each create and walk down new roads in life."
He continued, "The time I spent with Hiro, I learned a lot and gained happiness. I am full of gratitude. From now on, I will stretch my spine, put my feet on the ground, and carry out fulfilling days while enjoying both work and life. Please continue to warmly watch over the two of us."
Shimabukuro and Saotome announced their marriage in February of 2017.
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