|Ichihara with ex-girlfriend|
There have been other sightings of the couple. In late February, they were seen entering a private room in a seafood restaurant. Later on 1st March, they posted photos of the meal on their own blogs.
A fashion insider reveals,"In the first place, Shiho-chan is a big fan of Ichihara Hayato-kun. She had even listed his name under favourite male celebrity in her blog profile. They got to know each other at a mutual friend's birthday celebration last summer. He was just someone she admired initially but around autumn, they became closer when she worked as an image character for a jewellery brand that Ichihara-kun was collaborating on. It seems like they then started dating from the beginning of this year."
When Daily Sports Online contacted his agency they replied that he is an adult and his personal affairs are his own. Mukouyama's agency commented that they had been informed of their relationship.
Both Ichihara and Mukouyama announced their marriage to the press on 23rd September. They registered their marriage on 21st September.