Japanese stars Ayumi Hamasaki and Tomoya Nagase have officially split. Ayumi announced the news on her personal website, while both artists’ agencies have confirmed the news as well.

Japanese artist Tomoya NagaseJapanese artist Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi and Tomoya were together for around 7 years. Their relationship encountered some mini-crisis in 2005 when Ayumi was rumored getting close with someone else (Tomoya had his fair share of rumors too), but they seemed to be getting well in 2006/2007.

In fact their relationship seemed so steady recently that the Japanese press began to speculate about their marriage… they didn’t see the split coming though.

Ayumi didn’t state the real reason for their split, but mentioned that they split in peace and will remain as close friends.

Some of netizens are skeptical about the split though… as Ayumi is going to release her latest single on July 18; some people actually see this as a publicity stunt the end of the relationship.

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