Former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda (27) and actor Ryo Katsuji (31) have gotten married.
Katsuji's management company released a statement on July 31 announcing the marriage. The two registered their marriage on July 30.
"We got acquainted through friends. We are mutually drawn to each other's personality, and began thinking about marriage. The two of us may be inexperienced, but we are smiling bright as we begin to build a home together," the two said in a joint statement.
The two were first reported to be dating this spring. The exact length of their relationship is not known.
Maeda is one of the most popular celebrities to come out of AKB48. She won the group's Senbatsu General Election in 2009 and 2011. She left the group in 2012 to pursue a solo career.
Katsuji is an actor who has appeared in numerous TV shows and films since 2000. In 2006, he won the Japan Academy Award for Best Newcomer for Aegis.
Maeda and Katsuji have appeared together in the 2015 drama series "Donkonjo Gaeru" as well as the 2018 film "Eating Women".