Hikaru Utada admits to paparazzi 'phobia' on Twitter
Pop star Hikaru Utada, 30, has taken to Twitter to discuss her fear of paparazzi in her first series of tweets since the apparent suicide of her mother in August.
Keiko Fuji, whose real name was Junko Utada, died on Aug 22 after she fell from the 13th floor of a condo in Shinjuku, Tokyo, in what police believe was a suicide. Fuji was a popular enka singer whose debut album “Woman in Shinjuku,” released in 1970, spent 20 straight weeks at the top of Oricon chart.
Utada took a break from her radio show following her mother’s death and did not tweet until Wednesday, when she resumed tweeting to apologize to fans for the break.
The popular singer-songwriter, currently on hiatus, went on to announce that she had been followed by a paparazzo from a weekly gossip magazine for around a week and then barraged with questions. “I used to just tell myself it was their job and let it go, but after this I really have started to fear the press,” she told her followers.
“I have finally got to the point where I am emotionally stable enough to go out with friends,” she wrote, describing her recent treatment at the hands of the tabloid press as “callous” and her own state as “down”.
The police found no suicide note left by Fuji, but in a statement, Utada said that her mother had been battling with mental illness. “She is finally freed from her agony,” said Utada.