On June 14th, tabloid magazine “Shukan Bunshun” published an article from one of Sashihara Rino’s alleged ex-boyfriends. According to Shukan Bunshun’s report, Sashihara dated the man who was originally a fan of Sashihara, in the summer of 2008 ~ 2009. The tabloid magazine included emails and photos which were supposedly sent by Sashihara.
During the morning of the 16th, Sashihara appeared on “AKB48’s All Night Nippon” radio show to issue an apology to her fans. “That person an I were honestly just friends. I’m really sorry about all of this”, she explained while crying.
On this particular broadcast, AKB48’s producer Akimoto Yasushi was also present and formerly moved Sashihara to AKB48’s sister group HKT48 as a ‘restart’ rather than a ‘punishment’.
Sashihara apologized, “When I was first asked about this, I didn’t know what people were talking about. I was really surprised when I read the article. There were so many things in the article that weren’t true, but I really was friends with him. I threw up my food over and over again. I hyperventilated during our tour. I couldn’t even talk to my mom. Seeing my fans’ comments on my blog really broke my heart. I am so sorry.”