Sho Sakurai (30) has this image of a serious and pleasant young man, but it is also well-known that he is quick-tempered and that he thinks fans are "invisible people". The incident where he glared and shouted "Don't come here--", "You're eyesores" at the fans who watched his on-location shoots to greet him "Great work!" is pretty famous. There are numerous other incidents where he called fans "ugly" and "pig", where he threw an umbrella at them, where he spat on them. There was also a recent incident reported by Shukan Josei where he slammed a fan's cellphone and destroyed it.
A fan of his from his Johnny's Jr. days says:
"He's always been like that. Nothing has changed."
"He was a boy who loved to go clubbing and loved goukon parties until his early 20s. His hair was dyed brown, and he had piercings back then, right? He's baby-faced but he looked so flashy. He used to like the gal-types, halfies, and gaudy girls and was seen walking with girls like those, preferring them over the pure and clean ones. He was not serious at all. But don't you think that's just normal for celebrities like him? There's no reason for me to cease being a fan."
Sakurai apparently changed when he was chosen to be a newscaster in 2006 for "NEWS ZERO".
"As soon as he started work on the program, he disappeared for a bit from the club circuit and he didn't do goukon parties anymore. But he still didn't change the way he treated his fans."
Sho Sakurai was allegedly spotted recently at Shinjuku 2-chome's gay bar, leading to speculation that he's bisexual.
"I think he liked the bar which a gay friend showed him and he seems to be frequenting that place, sometimes alone, just to drink. But I don't think he's bisexual. I think he only has sex with women, and I heard that he constantly calls over prostitues to his Roppongi apartment. I don't think he's romantically involved, it's just the relationship between a prostitute and a client. But calling her to his home and not a hotel must mean that he's opened his heart to this woman." (showbiz insider)
"I know he's got a bad personality and that he loves women, but I still cheer him on. I think it's pathetic if a fan thinks to herself that he betrayed us." (same fan as above)
Sakurai loves gals
These passionate Johnny-wotas sure are incredible.
So they still root for him even if they know that he's a goody-goody on the outside, but a delinquent man-whore on the inside.
There must be a lot of masochistic fans
Arashi really is a terrible group. The leader's marijuana 3-play gets exposed, Ninomiya's ugly, Aiba fondles a gradeschooler's breast, Sakurai goes to a prostitute, while Matsumoto is this thick gorilla.
Sakurai wotas just love to fantasize these Sakurai episodes that will put him at a disadvantage.
Who wants fans like these?
I understand why he'd want to throw his umbrella at them.
LOL, they just created an article off some Sakurai-hater's fabricated illusions on 2channel!
And people are falling for it, these people must be nuts.
I saw him once on location for a shoot, but he was just your normal, good-natured young man.
I think it's just the core, disgusting fans that are the ones being stared and yelled at by him.
He's very kind to his male fans.
Yelling at his fans and causing violence, to what extent are these true?
Sho Sakurai: "Why the heck should I shake hands with an ugly girl like that?"
The part about the prostitue is totally false.
There are a lot of prostitues who just whip up stories like this LOL
Then the other stories there seem to be exaggerated, but these are all old news, right?
When you go to a Cabaret club and talk to the girls there, you hear a lot of them saying,
"I'm friends with Arashi's ______ you know, he even said that he'd text me before their concert!"
"I had sex with my friend, Arashi's _____ before!"
that's really amazing, and not necessarily in a nice way.
Even in the remote provincial snack bars, the girls there say the same thing.
Wasn't Sakurai living with his parents?
Will he still be able to call in prostitutes like that?
- ホモフォビアだし無駄に筋肉つけてるし、男の子に対するデレっぷりがひどいしで、ずっとガチゲイだと思ってたわwHe's homophobic, has unnecessary muscles, and sometimes shows a sweet side towards other men... I always thought he was gay.
I've got this impression of him getting his jobs due to his connections.
The showbiz world is just going down the drain with all these connections, sex favors and agency hierarchies.
If you're talking about connections, there's this guy's sister (26) too
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I personally saw his bad attitude when he was still in Jr. so it's true.
I just tagged along with my friend but I got involved in the fracas.
Celebrities like prostitutes, I don't see a problem with this for Sakurai.
There's nothing wrong with concubines
So he's kind to cute girls and male fans, but cold to the ugly ones?
Sakurai hates stalker fangirls, regardless if they're pretty or not.
He just wants to say, "Don't interfere with my private life".
- 櫻井のワキ毛は少し臭いSakurai's armpit hair stinks a bit
I don't think he has that bad of a personality.
These Johnny's talents are being taught properly by their senpais so they have the fundamentals down.
He's very polite.
I think Sakurai-kun is kind.
A clumsy kindness, if you may say.
I think this is normal. He's hot-headed even with a face like that, and I understand how he feels. But he's still a personality, so I think he should put up with his fans a bit more. I do understand the feeling of someone clinging onto you like that every single day. Even I feel like hitting the girl who comes towards me like that. I've also hit someone with an umbrella before.
Sakurai sure is hated by the people. Well, he doesn't have any likable factors anyway.
I wonder where the fans find his appeal in.
According to my friend who works at a TV station, everyone in Arashi is really polite. Even Ninomiya was a good-mannered young man.
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He's disgusting. He seems like an ill-mannered person desperately trying to look and speak like a kind person.
I don't care if he has a bad attitude. I like him, because I do. That's just all there is to it.
It seems that he has a lot of weird fans, but I just think to myself, "It serves you right," when people like those are spat at.
There's no need to make the haters like him. Like him if you like him, hate him if you hate him, nothing wrong with that.
It's impossible for everyone to like anyone in the first place anyways.
I think he just grew tired of maintaining the image of "Sho Sakurai".
He's just sick of acting the ideal image that you guys have been forcing on him.
Sho Sakurai's face is smelly so it can't be helped
Sho Sakurai just doesn't stop deteriorating...
I have an acquaintance who used to work for Johnny's who said that Hikaru GENJI's Morohoshi was a helpless little brat. There might be some legacy over there.
I think people have started slandering Sakurai who's gotten a bit fat these days by calling him "Anpanman Yarou!"
Can they talk about prostitues without any evidence? I'll believe it when they show pictures.
He calls fans "pig"?...
I am curious though as to how Sakurai has sex...
I don't know if Sakurai really calls prostitues to his home but there really are these high class brothels for VIPs. They protect their customer's personal information no matter what, and all of the girls are really hot and pretty compared to the cheap ones in Gotanda or somewhere.
Those girls even said that idols call them over to the studio.
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