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Pop icon Yoshida marries rock star 20 years her junior


Miwa Yoshida

TOKYO - One of Japan’s best-known pop stars said Wednesday that she has married a fellow musician nearly 20 years her junior, setting off a frenzy in the country’s tabloid press.

Miwa Yoshida, 46, the lead singer of Dreams Come True, which has sold about 50 million albums worldwide, announced on her New York-based blog that she tied the knot with Juon, the 27-year-old lead singer for rock band Fuzzy Control,

“I have something to tell you today. You know what, I got married to Juon on March 8,” she wrote.

Yoshida, still hugely popular among mostly female fans in Japan, started the duo Dreams Come True more than two decades ago. The band won followers across East Asia with their romantic ballads.

The singer had a relationship with a music video director until 2007 when he died of cancer at age 33.

She joins a long list of woman celebrities who have married considerably younger men. In November, American actress Demi Moore announced the end of her high-profile marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher.

The pair married in 2005 when she was 42 and he was 27. AFP
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