Risa Niigaki, one of my favorite members of Morning Musume and one of its longest serving members has filed for divorce from her husband, actor Yoshikazu Kotani.
Niigaki and Kotani got married in July 2016. However the marriage lasted only one year and six months. The official reason for the split is that both of them were just walking on different paths in life and they decided that the best choice was for them to part ways. Niigaki and Kotani met each other in 2013 when they both starred in the play called Zettai Kareshi. They would start dating a year later. I heard about this story two weeks ago. I wish the best of luck to Niigaki who will turn 30 in October. I hope that she will grow stronger as a result of this setback. Niigaki had the record for the most number of days served in Morning Musume until Sayumi Michishige surpassed her. Niiigaki was a member of Morning Musume from 2001 through 2012.