J-actress Inoue Mao Coyly Confirms Relationship with Long Rumored Boyfriend Matsumoto Jun

The long swirling marriage rumors of most likely dating top J-stars Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao has turned into one of those “I’ll see it when I believe it” stories that pop up at least once a year with an update. If these two didn’t fall for each other playing the leads in iconic manga turned J-dorama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango (Boys Before Flowers) then folks wouldn’t care as much. But knowing that onscreen Makino and Domyouji got their happy ending in real life is one of those shipper epic fantasies so the excitement over then is all too understandable. Things have been weird for the last year after rumors that Mao and Jun would get married in early 2016 after she finished her Taiga dorama came and went, and recently there were tabloid reports claiming Jun had been cheating on Mao for a few years with AV actress Tsukasa Aoi. Neither said responded to both sets of rumors but this week Mao swung a small stick and make a big mark with her responses to a reporter’s questions on dating and her acting career.

When Mao was approached by a reporter outside her home this week, she took a few questions including whether she was planning to retire since she changed agencies last year after finishing her Taiga and since then hasn’t done an acting project. Mao assured that she wasn’t retiring and had no plans to. When asked about whether she was getting married to Jun soon, Mao coyly said she couldn’t comment until she talked with her agency. Finally when asked about the Jun cheating rumors on her with an actress making soft porn, Mao laughed and said that she was so surprised at how imaginative folks are with making things up. There you have it, as close to confirmation that MaoJun is still on as any so far.


J-actress Inoue Mao Coyly Confirms Relationship with Long Rumored Boyfriend Matsumoto Jun — 48 Comments

      • But I think Nadech has already confirmed the relationship last year or so. In one of his interviews, the reporter asked him if he’s in a relationship or is he seeing someone atm, and his respond was, “You guys already know who she is.” Pretty much confirming their relationship status. He was definitely more vivid with his answer then Mao is with hers, but I see where you’re coming from lol.

    • @Kim, um…not really, they clearly said they are leaving it up to their fans/media to interpret their relationship. never really stating they are together as boyfriend and girlfriend.

  1. You know I dont get it because they are now veterans and their popularity they should have a large control of their careers to admit if their dating. I dont care much for a confirmation as long as there is a surprise wedding in the near future. For some reason they are reminding me of Yaya and Nadech

    • yes both of them a veteran and v popular.but if one of them is an idol who has strict order about open dating,they definetely would try to keep it as discreet as they can.

      • If this is regarding Nadech and Yaya being discreet about dating…they aren’t really discreet, they just won’t admit it. Everyone knows about it though…i honestly think they need to separate and start working with other people. they have become branded together so this whole dating thing is starting to look like a publicity stunt.

      • True. I do get it but I just hope they are not hiding it because Johnny doesnt want them to go public.

      • I think I read thats its mostly down Juns band members/management not wanting any thing to effect Arashi`s popularity but i`m not sure..as they hadnt officially come out as a ship its all speculation

      • Is Arashi even as popular as they were a few years ago? I don’t follow as much as I used to and I’m quite infrequently on live journal but I remember back in the day having to check multiple times a day to get new videos and now there’s hardly anything!

  2. They’re so cute… I’m having HYD flashbacks. I’m not pressuring them or anything, but if Rou Xi can get her 4th Prince ANYTHING is possible……. 😉

    • Me too. I don’t think Yamapi or Satomi have denied the rumours of them being together either? So I guess it has something to do with the guys being in Johnny so they have to keep it hidden?

  3. not so surprisingly that when Jun had an ambush interview by Bunshun last year and he was asked about his relationship with Mao, he was evasive as well using the jimusho excuse LOL
    oh well, if they don’t want to admit or at least a denial it’s their choice
    only time will tell now
    heck even Katori Shingo’s GF has been waiting for 20 years

  4. As per the original Japanese article from Josei Jishin when asked if she’s getting married to Matsumoto-san, Mao said this: ‘If I end up answering this, it would cause inconvenience to everyone. I want to answer but I’m sorry.’

    She never mentioned about consulting her agency first.

    • Maybe, the inconvenience is that you want them to be together and married when they’re not/no more together…This sentence is a 2 sens

      • Echah this was my thoughts exactly. What if they just don’t want to deceive everyone who ship them so hard

  5. @kim Nadech and Yaya are milennials so there is definitely going to beth a difference. However their unwilling to admit anything, the cheating rumors, are similar. but yeah they are so obvious.
    The hand holding, the valentines day pictures, him naming his dog after her and we all know how much he loves his dogs.

  6. OMG !!!!!! Really ? I am SOOOOOO DANCING NOW ! I am crying ! Best news of 2017 so far AAAAAAAHHHHHH.
    Hana Yori Dango the jdrama which gave me sleepless nights. Gonna listen to some HYD OST ?

  7. only a idot would not know they been dating for a long time now. their too much news in the paper about these two. wonder did he finally nock her out so they might get married this year.

  8. Mao and Jun are both very private when it comes to their personal lives. I haven’t heard or read any articles/news about them confirming their REAL status, it always just a rumors but since I’m a fan of them since HanaYD era I ASSUMED THAT THEY’RE REALLY TOGETHER! 🙂
    Mao deserves a peaceful and happy life in whatever path she may choose cos she’s gone through a lot. Jun had always involves to different actresses for the past years and I know, Mao still get hurt whenever she heard rumors about Jun, even if its true or not! Huhu. Fighting Onee-chan Mao!! ❤?

  9. Oh my im on my dvd throwback marathon watching these few days and hana yori is one of them and this news im dancing hahaha forever maojun fans , i love all f4 except pretend f4 but maojun only the one i want to be real

  10. It’s been 10 year Hana Yori Dango..my fav Japan Drama, never miss ep..I like so much the main cast in this drama Jun & Inoue. Their chemistry like the real couple. I wish both of them end up with getting Married.

  11. ???? i hope this news is’nt true????? i just want inoue mao and jun always together, i can’t move on with this couple?

  12. Super duper happy for these two….pls get married soon hana yori dango is my fav of all time even after watching all versions of it….i think they were best !!!!

  13. Are Mao and Jun married?? I have only recently discovered Arashi and Jun has really taken me. Finding it hard to watch dramas here in Australia. Anyone got any advice??

  14. I hope this rumor is true. These two seemed MADE for each other. the chemistry in the series was impeccable, and by the end of Hana Yori Dango, you could tell there really was something there. I’ve been an Arashi fan since 2003, and have pretty much watched these guys grow up and become the epitome of what a vocal group should be….and if this is what makes Matsumoto Jun happy, then I’m THRILLED for him…and Mao Inoue. Now, I can’t wait to see baby pictures…which are gonna be GORGEOUS!

  15. I love them so much! My most favorite on and off screen couple. I hope I can see them one day huhu awww thanks for this article missing them! aha

  16. I am here in 2020. Y’all talking about all Yaya and Nadech, yamapi and satomi but the main couple were jun and mao but none of them said anything yet confirming like 100%. They are of course dating, we all know it also they know that we know but they won’t tell to let us know what we know is the truth yalllllllll. ( sorry for being confusing but thats what my condition is now). I really want to see them all married. Please god please.

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