Latest Tabloid Report Adds to the Long Rumored Dating Between Hana Yori Dango’s Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao

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.

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Latest Tabloid Report Adds to the Long Rumored Dating Between Hana Yori Dango’s Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao — 39 Comments

  1. I can’t understand in making a scandal out of celebrities’ real dating happenings. So what? What’s the big deal? In my opinion, it’s good. Beautiful people will be added to our human race/population

  2. I can’t understand in making a scandal out of celebrities’ real dating happenings. So what? What’s the big deal? In my opinion, it’s good. Beautiful people will be added to our human race/population

    • He’s a Johnny. AFAIK, the only one who has been allowed to marry is Kimura Takuya, and thats because he got his gf, who was also a big star, pregnant. Johnny totally controls the personal lives of the idols in his stable. That control is felt to be essential to their success. So, if you want the fame and fortune, you are close to your bandmates and no one else, even if it drives you to run screaming and totally naked into a quiet park in the middle of the night.

      • “even if it drives you to run screaming and totally naked into a quiet park in the middle of the night.”

        LOL. I like what you did there 😉

  3. It would be hilarious if they confirmed their relationship and actually went further saying: “Not only dating, but secretly married and living together for years with a baby daughter and everything”.

    Now THAT would rock the boat in Japan’s tabloids.

  4. I love them both!!! It’ll be great if they’ll confirm their relationship since the rumors have been going on forever but if not I’m still happy for them. Their chemistry is sizzling in HYD add to that that they acted out their parts so well. Inoue Mao is the best Makino portrayal for me!

    Mentioning these J-drama actors incl Ikuta Toma brings back memories of wonderful JDramas I’ve watched many years ago. They’re a talented batch!

  5. The rumors have been going on so long that if they’d never been spotted and just had a wedding, no one would be surprised, just gleefully overjoyed for them. However, it wouldn’t be a shock if they’ve been married for three years either. Lol. They have SO much support, I don’t see the need for “secrecy” but if it’s all about being private, well, that comes down to prerogative.

    Whether they have a romance or not, it’s just great seeing them together. It keeps the dream alive!! All fans ever need is hope. Now I just want my other J dream couple to be seen together and my year will be made!

  6. I never ever ship actors with one another, but I’ve got to admit that those reports about Mao and Matsujun make me really giddy. They were so cute together in HYD.

  7. I have been squeeing as soon as I read it on twitter. They are my ultimate otp. Something big may happen soon with all these tabloid releases. But I worry for inoue Mao because she garnered this much attention lately partly because of her coming taiga drama.

  8. Omg they are def my fav hanadan actors and I’ve always wished they dated for reals and now this is a shocking first time for me hearing about their rumoured relationship so I’m supre stoked to hear even more good news soon from them

  9. Why have I not heard this rumour before? Too cute! Please be very happy together, you two, after all between the pair of you, you pretty much turned HYD from ridiculous to sublime.

  10. aah….I looveee them…
    Hanadan are the best, noone can’t beat their awesome chemistry, and the crazy Tsukasa are the Best.

  11. awwww!!! Here’s wishing them much happiness, it’s always good when stars feel comfortable enough to date and lord knows they’ve known each other long enough.

  12. I squeed so much just with the headline. They are so cute and Hana Yori Dango is my favourite version. Gosh! I love them together. I hope they really are dating. *Screams*

  13. Yay! This is one couple i root for(the other is ueno juri-tamaki hiroshi and yes, the rumours have been going on for years! Hopefully they get to settle down and be happy like Akanishi Jin 🙂

  14. I hear about these rumors so much its hard to believe until they actually get caught holding hands or announcing they are together, photos don’t do much anymore since everyone is so hush hush about it now. the guessing game is getting boring. i will wait until they announce it themselves.

  15. Ok, that would be fabulous news…..he has always been one of my favourite Japanese actors….. now I have to go back and watch my much loved Hana Yori Dango, for the up teem time 🙂

  16. my first shipping couple ever and always pray for them to be real since 2009! and seem there is a light now, oh my god… please YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS GOD!

  17. The best HanaDan potrayal and who could blame fans to wish them a happily ever after?! Cmon guys! Just get married or something! ^^

    • Really!? Gooooosh. Can anyone post a link of an article related to the “Confirmed MaoJun Dating”??? Pleaaaaase. My first & best ever OTP’s finally out in the open~ ♡

  18. MatsuJun has always been my most favorite Japanese actor or I could even say my most favorite Asian actor. And only Mao I could ever approve of for him to date. So if this news is ever true, i will be one of the happiest fans. And if this is not true, im hust glad that they at least have time to hang out and bond.

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