The 24-year-old Mizushima and the 21-year-old Ayaka, who goes by one name, got married Feb. 22.
”I thought I wanted to protect her, including the fact she is suffering from the disease,” Mizushima, who has appeared on television and in movies, said in a joint news conference. ”I’d like to do my best for each of my jobs so that (my fans) can think it was good for me to have married Ayaka.”
Basedow’s disease is a disorder characterized partly by excessive activity of the thyroid gland.
They are in the different fields of acting and singing but in the same agency. They began their acquaintance when they hit it off while doing a talk for the magazine ‘mini’ last June. According to close friends, they started dating around August.
From the beginning, the romance was a serious one with both mutually keeping marriage in mind. They have already met each other’s parents and made formal arrangements on each side. The marriage registration is expected to be submitted on Mizushima’s 25th birthday on the 13th. Currently, there are no plans yet for a ceremony and a wedding.
Mizushima spent his childhood, up to middle school in Zurich, Switzerland. Standing at 1.8m, he is a Keio University graduate. With all the necessary characteristics to be popular with women, he has been called the ‘super ikemen among ikemens’.
From playing the lead role in TV Asahi’s Kamen Rider Kabuto in 2006-2007, to Fuji TV’s Zettai Kareshi (2008) and Mei-chan no Shitsuji (this year January to March) among others, he has garnered wide-ranging support from children to housewives. In last month’s Oricon Style article ‘Ikemens On Your Mind Ranking’, he was voted first, beating the likes of Oguri Shun (26) and Eita (26). He topped the ‘Favourite Actors Among High School Girls’ too.
Ayaka, who debuted in 2006 with her song ‘I believe’ made history by being the first female singer-songwriter to enter the Oricon Charts in the top 3 on her debut. In the same year, she was presented with the Best New Artist Award. She has participated in NHK’s Kouhaku 3 years consecutively. In 2007, her hit song ‘Mikazuki’ topped the ‘Karaoke Request Ranking’. It was covered by Inoue Yousui (60) as well, a song that crosses over generations.
Shining as brightly as the 2 of them are, they dislike being loud in their personal lives. There are no gossip of them dating in popular spots or restaurants, their sightings are limited to frequent sightings of them shopping at supermarkets. Both busy with their careers, they spend their free time away from work at each other’s homes, eating home-cooked meals. This seems to be a romance nurtured at home.
Deciding to get married at the height of their popularity, it is simply because these two have chosen their ‘little piece of happiness’. “They look out for each other, they’re an ideal couple together.” They have been given the blessings by those around them.