Singer Hamasaki Ayumi (33) has just announced through her official fan club that she is getting divorced. She married Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz (31) in Las Vegas a little more than a year ago, on New Year’s Day of 2011.
Hamasaki acknowledged that she is the main reason for the divorce. Sources say that the two had originally planned to live in the United States, but ever since the Tohoku earthquake last March, Hamasaki has felt unable to leave Japan.
Hamasaki said that she and Schwarz tried to discuss how to continue their marriage, and she felt that if they were only physically separated they would be able to overcome that by travelling back and forth to see each other. However, the distance between them has also become mental, and Hamasaki explained that she can no longer return to the time when she felt she could live outside Japan.
It is reported that Hamasaki will file for divorce through a lawyer in the United States on Monday (U.S. time).