Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki marries Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz in Las Vegas

January 3, 2011 by  

Newlyweds Ayumi Hamasaki and Manuel Schwarz. Image courtesy of Sankei Sports.

News shocking many fans of Japanese pop star Ayumi Hamasaki (30), the announcement on New Year’s Day that she and Austrian (and Los Angeles-based) actor Manuel Schwarz (32) were married in Las Vegas on January 2nd.  Her management has confirmed the marriage.

The two left Narita airport to Los Angeles at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Day.  They arrived in LA and took a chartered plane to Las Vegas and arrived at 6:00 p.m. and filed their documents for marriage.  At 7:00 p.m. with close friends and staff, the two headed to a small chapel and were married.

Hamasaki and Schwarz met during the shooting of her music video “Virgin Road” and hours before her announcement, she wore a wedding dress during her performance of the song as “Kouhaku Uta Gassen” (Japan’s largest televised New Year’s Eve show).

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