Actress Ryoko Hirosue admits to having an affair with Michelin star chef Shusaku Toba after days of denial

TOKYO — After days of denial, Japanese actress Ryoko Hirosue has admitted to having an affair with Michelin-starred chef Shusaku Toba.

Hirosue, 42, one of Japan’s top actresses, and Toba, 45, owners of the one-star French restaurant Sio in Tokyo, were photographed by the Bunshun Online portal when checking into their hotel last week. .

Both parties, who are married to others, initially denied the cheating rumors.

However, Hirosue’s agency, Flamme, released a handwritten statement on Instagram on Wednesday in which she acknowledged the allegations.

“My relationship with Mr Toba is exactly as described in the article,” the mother-of-three wrote. Her husband of 12 years is candle maker Jun Izutsu. She was previously married to model Takahiro Okazawa.

“Above all, I feel sorry for the sadness and pain I’ve caused Toba’s family,” added the star, who had a breakout role in the hit J-drama The beach boys (1997) and appeared in films such as Wasabi (2001) and Departers (2008).

“I want to apologize directly to my family and children. They understood and accepted me as an immature mother.”

Her agency announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from her activities. She added: “I want to think about my life from now on, keeping in mind that I ruined my dream acting career and committed the crime of hurting Mr. Toba’s family.”

In addition, Toba, who is said to have had a child with a non-celebrity wife, also admitted to the affair on Twitter, writing: “Everything is due to my weakness and immaturity despite being human. of the public”.

Previously, he denied having an affair after receiving a phone call from an unknown number.

“I was asked about the content of the article, and gave a counterintuitive answer,” he said. “It was the result of my weakness and, above all, my cunning. I deeply regret that.”

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