Ayumi Hamasaki gives birth to second child

Although singer Ayumi Hamasaki announced on her website the birth of her second child, she did not reveal the baby's gender and the father's identity.
Although singer Ayumi Hamasaki announced on her website the birth of her second child, she did not reveal the baby's gender and the father's identity.PHOTO: AYUMI HAMASAKI/INSTAGRAM

TOKYO • Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki is now a mother of two after she announced last weekend that she had given birth to her second child.

The queen of J-pop announced on her official website last Saturday night that she had "added an important family member in spring" and believed that she "can bring happiness to my children".

She did not state the gender of the baby or reveal who the father was.

On Sunday, however, she posted on Instagram a photo of a person in a cap with the caption: "I'm back".

Hamasaki, 42, sprang a surprise last October when she said she was pregnant with her second child.

In January last year, she dropped a bombshell by announcing that she had given birth to a son in November 2019.

Hamasaki was previously married to Austrian actor and model Manuel Schwarz between 2011 and 2012, and American medical student Tyson Bodkin from 2013 to 2016.

She has been romantically linked to backup dancer Shunpei Araki, 22, since 2018, but has never confirmed the relationship.

However, they have been seen together several times, leading to speculation that he is the father of her children.

Hamasaki released her latest song, 23rd Monster, last month to mark her 23rd anniversary in show business.

She made her debut in 1998 with the single Poker Face and went on to become one of the best-selling Japanese solo artistes of all time.

She revealed in 2017 that she was grappling with hearing loss after saying in 2008 she had lost all hearing in her left ear.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2021, with the headline 'Ayumi Hamasaki gives birth to second child'. Subscribe