Erika Sawajiri confirms divorce rumours

Erika Sawajiri and Takashiro TsuyoshiJapanese actress-singer Erika Sawajiri, 24, has confirmed on her official site regarding recent rumours on her (broken) marriage status [via Japan-zone]…

“I wish to formally state that I, Sawajiri Erika, have decided to divorce my husband, Takashiro Tsuyoshi, and we are in talks under the auspices of my family.”

Sawajiri and Takashiro, 45, got married in Jan 2009. The reason for the breakup is not revealed, with financial issues widely speculated as the main cause.

The actress is returning into showbiz lately since her hiatus in 2007 following her infamous black-face-attitude incident in which she showed disrespect to elder actors and the media during a press conference.

Sawajiri has been missing in action since the divorce statement was made on April 27. While Takashiro has expressed his shock about the turn-of-event as they were still together celebrating Sawajiri’s 24th birthday earlier this month.

Erika Sawajiri married at Meiji Shrine

Picture of Japanese couple Erika Sawajiri and Tsuyoshi Takashiro married at Meiji ShirneJapanese star Erika Sawajiri, 22, and creative director Tsuyoshi Takashiro, 44, tied the knot on Monday (Jan 19) at Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Sawajiri was one of the most promising Japanese actresses after starring in drama series “1 Litre of Tears” in 2005, but her career took a downturn in 2007 with some sulky attitude issues.

It was around the 2007 period that her relationship with Takashiro was exposed; the couple later moved to London with Sawajiri taking a long break from the entertainment industry.

It had been rumoured for months that the couple would be getting married, but it was until early January that they finally confirmed about their wedding plan [image from Sankei (Jp)]