Something is afoot in Johnny’s tightly run ship, that or he’s given up trying to keep under wraps the long rumored and much eyewitness accounts of the dating relationship between Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun and actress Inoue Mao. Of course this would be gossip fodder in any context of two top stars dating, but place it in the world of Hana Yori Dango and then it takes on a whole new squeeworthy meaning for shippers the world over. MatsuJun and Mao famously played the onscreen versions of HanaDan’s OTP pairing of Domyouji Tsukasa and Makino Tsukushi and they had amazing chemistry and both were fantastic actors so the end result is the J-dorama version of the HanaDan adaptation stands heads and tails over all the other versions. Of course shippers of this onscreen couple would feel like a dream come true if they were to date, and it has actually already happened that an onscreen Domyouji and Makino dated. The C-drama version Let’s Go Watch the Meteor Shower leads Hans Zhang and Zheng Shuang are now dating so it’s not impossible for HanaDan reel to become real. The rumors of MatsuJun and Mao dating have been going on for YEARS, ranging from tons of eyewitness accounts of them on dates to them attending Oguri Shun and Yamada Yu‘s wedding together, wearing a matching couple’s ring, and even to friends of that couple meeting Jun and Mao at Shun’s house. This week Friday magazine, one of Japan’s top tabloids, published pictures of Jun and Mao out on a late night date in a Tokyo restaurant, though they weren’t alone and mutual friend Ikuta Toma was also in tow. I wouldn’t be surprised if these two went public soon if even the tabloids are outing them now.