Popular actress Maki Horikita has decided to retire from the entertainment industry effective immediately.
In a statement released by her agency on March 1, Horikita announced her sudden departure from the entertainment industry.
"I have decided to leave my career that I’ve had so far. As a mother, I am living a very blessed life with my beloved family. I would like to protect this irreplaceable happiness with all of my strength, Horikita wrote.
The actress thanked her fans for all of their support throughout her career.
"Thank you very much to all of my fans who have supported me and to everyone who has been involved in my life these past 14 years," Horikita said.
Horikita is best known for her roles in popular dramas such as "Nobuta wo Produce" and "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e". She is married to actor Koji Yamamoto. The two have a child together who was born in December of 2015.