Former AKB48 member Mariko Shinoda has announced that she is now a married a woman.
On February 20, Shinoda, who is 32 years old, revealed that she had married a non-celebrity man 3 years younger than her.
The two met last October during a dinner party with friends. They bonded quickly over the many things they have in common, and marriage was the next natural step in their relationship.
This is the second Kami 7 idol to get married, following in the footsteps of Atsuko Maeda who married in July 2018.
Mariko Shinoda auditioned for AKB48 as a first generation member, but did not originally make the line up. She was later added to the group after working at the AKB48 cafe where her charms made her popular with patrons. She quickly became on of the group's most popular members.
Shinoda graduated from AKB48 on July 21, 2013.