1: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:42:20.22 0.net
Currently living in a two-room apartment with her daughter, she spoke to us on the topic of living on part-time wages. “I buy most things from the 100-yen store. All my daughter’s toys are hand-me-downs from friends. When it was really bad, I would wash my hair with baking soda. If I really cut down on the food expenses, I can get by with 10,000 yen a month.“
On her sudden retirement: “My 12-year-old mind simply couldn’t deal with being thrust into such a hectic environment. I wasn’t able to sing like I wanted to; move like I wanted to… I just couldn’t keep up.“
She later quit high school, having become stricken with social anxiety. “Even after my retirement and going back to normal life, random people on the train or at the convenience store would recognize me as being a “national idol” and chase me around. I thus became something of a shut-in.“
Speaking softly, she looks back on her past: “I think that if it wasn’t for singing, I wouldn’t have ended up like this. If only it wasn’t for music, I would’ve had a happier life.“
She later went on to restart her musical activities thanks to a work acquaintance. She rediscovered the joy of singing in front of an audience. She now sings in a band she formed six years ago, while also working as a voice trainer. She finishes, smiling: “It’s the times when my singing actually reaches someone. That’s what keeps me going.“
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:43:12.95 0.net
That’s the unavoidable price of fame.
It simply can not be helped.
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:44:08.24 0.net
That’s a rough life.
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:44:36.23 0.net
The fact that Momusu got big is only a negative thing Fukuda.
It’s not like she herself ever benefited from it.
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:44:42.38 0.net
If you get famous once, it’s easier if you just keep living your life on that path.
31: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:50:10.88 0.net
If you actually manage to make it up there, your best bet is to keep giving it all you’ve got.
32: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:50:52.74 0.net
And yet even Heike-san appeared on some program where she was singing her praises about Tsunku♂; how she was glad she got into H!P and how she felt that she’d received something invaluable from him…
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:44:50.84 0.net
That’s a pretty first world problem she has.
38: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:51:50.90 0.net
I can sympathize with her on one level, but then again, it’s she herself who chose to leave so soon. Then, after she came back as a singer, she almost immediately announced she was pregnant and put her activities on hold. And then just after that, she set herself as her main priority and resumed her activities, even though her child’s still so young. The whole “my husband wouldn’t respect my wishes to pursue my dream — poor old me” thing just won’t earn you any fans.
40: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:52:25.81 0.net
Well, she was only a minor when it all happened.
What I didn’t know though was how she still hadn’t gotten over it even now.
46: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:54:48.64 0.net
I would think that there are some people who get a taste of the world of entertainment when they’re young who then manage to go on to live completely happy, normal lives afterwards.
51: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:55:32.23 0.net
If only she hadn’t returned to the world of showbiz she wouldn’t have ended up breaking it off with her husband. Oh well. This is the path she chose for herself, so…
57: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 20:57:20.07 0.net
I can’t speak for her time in Momusu, but the fact that she’s currently a poor single mother, that’s all on her.
132: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 21:25:50.03 0.net
If only she’d held on, she could’ve been meccha strong…
169: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 22:12:24.76 0.net
Even if one does hold on, there’s still the possibility they’ll just end up like Kago-chan.
164: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 22:05:52.46 0.net
She had all that talent as a vocalist, yet she threw it all away…
What a wasted life.
154: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 21:54:56.04 0.net
Wait, she’s still only 32?
145: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 21:41:57.36 0.net
Some pretty harsh criticisms being thrown around in this thread.
I don’t think any elementary schooler out there is capable of making very good judgement calls.
165: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 22:07:36.84 0.net
12 years old — at that age, the average boy will be busy picking their damn nose all day. It’s no wonder you’d turn out weird if people thrust all kinds of work at you at that early of an age.
204: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 22:39:50.12 0.net
It’s a world of difference between her and Heike Michiyo — the unluckiest of them all — who still managed to build a respectable family.
219: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 23:07:16.87 0.net
Quitting before making that much money and instead getting out just after your face and name had become known to the world… Of course she wouldn’t be able to lead a normal life after that. I feel bad for her.
4. カラフル名無しさん 2017年12月07日 21:47 ID:26Q.MqRu0
She might be poor, but she still has a child and she has food on the table.
That’s a blessed life.
What, does she also want to be a celeb on top of that?
Good luck with that, I suppose.
351: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/06(水) 04:08:11.76 0.net
I’m sympathetic with her up to and including how she had to drop out of high school, but everything after that has just been her own failed life decisions.
2. カラフル名無しさん 2017年12月07日 19:31 ID:o9.rBSae0
Age-wise, if she’d stayed with Musume, she could’ve easily been there through Platinum Era…
357: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/06(水) 06:16:21.28 0.net
Don’t be so harsh on Fukuda. When you think about how she was only 12 or 13 back then, you can’t really blame her for the outcome.
119: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 21:14:49.56 0.net
And yet, she’s still way more well-known than any of the current Momusu members.
156: 名無し募集中。。。 2017/12/05(火) 22:00:42.21 0.net
“If only it wasn’t for music“… that’s such a sad way of putting it.
It’s a real shame that she blames music for her misfortunes.
I hope the 20th Anniversary can help her catch a break but she, herself, must try to break out of her comfort zones to make anything happen.
Surely, the work environment is different now for the 12-year old kids who come into Morning Musume/idol industry. But I think their determination is palpable.
Worth noting in the last few months she’s released a solo single and mini-album. Not available on US iTunes, though, so not easy for most of us to check out easily legitimately.
It’s a bit sad to badmouth her so much, that’s generally not how you should talk to a troubled person. They are most likely to get more entrenched in their pattern of thought if you come down on them like that.
I heard rumors of her getting bullied by members back then, and given how ruthless everybody was for stardom in the group it’s kinda believable and understandable for her to want to leave.
Rather than bag on her for the trouble she’s had, it’s good to see she’s gotten much better since then.
What a bunch of A-Hole comments. I wonder how these wota would have liked “fans” chasing them around at that age. Twelve years old is just too young to make decisions that will impact the rest of your life.
I feel bad for all the harsh comments. She was twelve, and we’re all aware of the fact each of the original 5 wanted to be soloists, viewing each other as competition. We’re all also aware that this took quite a few generations to go away, for the newer generations to actually be welcomed with a friendly attitude. That’s not healthy or an easy pill to swallow for anyone, much less a 12 year old.
It’s easy to say “she got herself into it” “she chose her path” etc but it means absolutely nothing. No one is free of bad decisions. When I was 12, the scariest thing to me was how bad I was at math and how I had no friends in my math class. It’s also easy to say “it’s her fault she’s a single mother lol” but it’s never that simple, and I’m sure I’m not the only person raised by a single mom who knows that.
I disagree with her that it was music/singing that led to her life being so miserable, I think it was her age & the soloist circumstance, but I think it’s fair for her to say that her passion for singing led to her joining the group and becoming famous so young.
I feel for her and wish her the best.
Some comments are really harsh, eh…
I don’t judge her by her decisions in the 90s. The early MM was a battlefield, there was that soloist thing that Anonymous said, ect… And, if the bullying urban legend is true – and with some statements we had about this time, this might be true -, I wouldn’t blame her from quitting even if she was 24.
But, come on. It’s been almost 20 years. I know that anxiety can fuck your life in every possible way, I have it. But how can she became so miserable like that AND blame music for it? If she’s miserable now, it’s her own fault. I mean, from her own statement, it sounded like she’s not even trying at all, really.
‘after she came back as a singer, she almost immediately announced she was pregnant and put her activities on hold. And then just after that, she set herself as her main priority and resumed her activities, even though her child’s still so young. The whole “my husband wouldn’t respect my wishes to pursue my dream — poor old me” thing just won’t earn you any fans.’
That’s called being a bad mom and failure in life.