So it’s easier for me to just go with the idea that Mao and Jun broke up because of different goals in the relationship and Jun started dating or seeing Kou.
Now however, I don’t believe Jun and Kou are dating.
After the engagement, the wedding is likely to happened on September next year once Mao is finished with the drama’s filming.
The engagement will definitely create a positive effect before “Hana Moyu” starts on Jan 4th.Since Arashi will be hosting Viewing tickets for the upcoming 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen has sold like hotcakes in prices reaching up to 300,000 Yen in auction sites.The reason: engagement announcement between Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao.They’ve been speculated to have been dating for 9 years, an executive vice-president was introduced to Jun and Mao at the Oguri household, Jun calls her “Mao” instead of “Mao-chan” in a Hanadan behind-the-scenes DVD (so she probably calls him “Jun” in return), they flew to Hawaii together for Shun’s wedding and were spotted on a double date with Shun and Yu, Friday reporting about their yakiniku date with Toma third-wheeling, people saying that Himitsu no Arashi-chan interactions between Mao and Jun were deliberately toned down so she could promote her drama SP with Nino (Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara), fan theories that JE is giving the green light on releasing these rumours so that it’ll put pressure on their relationship and they’ll break up… I haven’t given much thought as to whether their relationship is real, because it seems like a very in-your-face media ploy to promote Kouhaku or Hana Moyu or whatever, but I did love their on-screen chemistry in Hana Yori Dango, so I’d love to hear that the speculation turned out to be true.Arashi are in their thirties now, so it’s about time they consider things like marriage and raising a family.I don’t want to write it off that the two are not in a relationship because I’m also shipping these two. However, if you think about the timing of an engagement, it’s obviously done to rack up ratings for Kohaku and Hana Moyu.I mean, they even appeared in one magazine back 1999 when they barely knew each other. In Johnny’s side, they want a more dignified announcement of Matsumoto and Mao’s engagement.They don’t want another Kimura Takuya and Kudo Shizuka moment so it’s likely that they will announce the engagement before the year ends.All we can do is just wait and see how things turn out over the next couple of years.In the meantime, if there really are any more marriage-related articles, I’ll probably end up discussing it on here.