According to Sankei Sports, singer and songwriter Utada Hikaru(24) confirmed on her website on March 3rd that she has divorced from her director husband, Kiriya Kazuaki(38).
She states, “Yesterday on March 2nd, I, Utada Hikaru and Kiriya Kazuaki have officially divorced,” and states that the reason they divorced was because of not being able to see each other because of their busy schedules. On Kiriya’s site, he states, “I am very thankful from the bottom of my heart for all of the time we got to spend together.”
In September of 2002, it was confirmed that Utada had officially gotten married to the music video director, Kiriya, who was 15 years older than her. She was 19 at the time. Both of them had polished their sensibilities in New York and found that they shared the same set of values. They were supposed to be in a relationship in which they needed each other especially at work, but their married life had come to an end after 4 and a half years.
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More information on the Utada Hikaru and Kiriya divorce.
According to Mainichi Shimbun, the following were posted on their websites:
“As we’ve been changing, a perception gap between us in our future visions and what a married couple should be has widened,” Utada said in her message. “We were seldom together and didn’t communicate enough because we are both active internationally. This is one of the main reasons.”
“Both of us constantly felt difficulties in creation as well as loneliness, but couldn’t depend on each other,” Kiriya said.