According to an acquaintance of his:
"Almost everyone who has been supporting GACKT is gone now. He's living in the basement of his apartment in Setagaya and is planning to sell the 1st~4th floors of his jewelry store in Kyoto. Even his personal chef has left him, and he's all alone living off cup ramens. He's still dating ICONIQ, and has also been frequenting her unit."
GACKT also switched agencies in March this year from Gordie Entertainment to Hoshi Create. He even declared their plans to establish a GACKT PROJECT team within the year. Two months later in May, a managerial executive from Hoshi established his own company G-PRO, where GACKT followed.
"There's no doubt that he left Gordie to avoid further exposure of tax evasion. He was then able to join industry bigshots Hoshi, but was immediately cut after some financial problems. They probably miscalculated the market value of GACKT, whom they had to pay a large transfer fee for. They explained that he was originally tipped to go independent once making his transfer to Hoshi, but he couldn't attract crowds on his tours and even had to call cabaret club girls and "sakura" to fill in the venues. But it seems that Hoshi did not let go of his fan club which can potentially provide them profit. They probably wanted to earn a few more to even up their investment in GACKT."
He also announced on the last day of his yearly tour VISUALIVE (July 7, Yokohama Arena) that next year's tour will be the last.
"He probably wanted to increase the attendance by implying his retirement, but it seems that he's been frequenting Southeast Asia to look for further business opportunities, and has even requested to migrate to Malaysia. His aunt who was always together with him has also made the necessary arrangements to move base to Hong Kong. They must be panicking with the impending investigation by the tax bureau. His aunt used to be an auditor of Gordie, and she just can't dismiss things by saying 'I am not aware'."
His grandmother, who is one of his biggest supporters and goes to his tours in Tokyo from Okinawa every year, comments:
"He never went back to Okinawa since the fracas last year. But he did contact us and said, 'I'm sorry for not telling you' (about his illegitimate child in Canada)". Ending his live tour next year? I wasn't able to attend this year's tour due to some circumstances so it's my first time hearing this. I wonder why someone who works in show business would say something like that. Even Mr. Ken Ogata, whom he worked with in a period flick, told him to seriously consider becoming a full-time actor, but GACKT refused due to his regrets towards music. He's 40 already so I just hope that he pushes on the path that he chose with dignity."
- コレだけ騒がれてるのにドラマに使った日テレAnd then there's NTV who still used him in a drama despite all the commotion surrounding him
- んだよまだ逮捕されてないのかThe heck, so he still isn't behind bars?
- 暴対法とかなんのためにあるのかねSo what's the Anti-Organized Crime Law for?
- 大橋巨泉みたいにたとえばNZ、カナダ、日本あたりを三ヵ月おきに転々としてればどこの国にも所得税を納めなくてよかったのになーせっかくミュージシャンなんてどこの国でもできる仕事を選んでるのに一国に定住したがる意味がわからんなーHe should have followed Kyosen Ohashi's example and just transfer base every 3 months between New Zealand, Canada, and Japan. He won't even have to pay for the country's tax then.
Musicians have the option to commence activities in any country that they wish, I really don't get why they just want to stay in one country.
- 世に出てきた時から、胡散臭かった押尾学ほど馬鹿では無いが、同じニオイがしたHe already seemed fishy the moment he burst into the scene.
He's not as stupid as Manabu Oshio, but they had a similar air about them.
- これじゃあ横領だの査察だのはマジだったの？ テレビ仕事も減ったのかテレビほとんど見ないからわからなかったSo are the embezzlement and tax evasion allegations true? I didn't know that he hasn't been appearing on TV lately since I hardly watch TV anymore.
- 募金の行方だけはきっちりさせてほしいI just hope he clarifies where all the donations went to
- 募金ネコババするて、余程金に困ってたのか。Was he that strapped for cash when he had to resort to stealing the donations?
- GACKT（40）の本名何つーの？What's GACKT's real name again?
- 詐欺野郎だったって訳か最悪だなSo he's a fraud?
He's the worst.
- ゴーディーエンタテインメントってSUGIZOも居るんだな薬●河村やらガクトやらV系は胡散臭いわSUGIZO's also with Gordie Entertainment, right?
Drug addict Kawamura and Gackt, all these visual-kei artists seem so shady.
- 文春、ASKAが下火になったらGACKTに戻るんだねSo Bunshun will set their sights once again on GACKT once the ASKA fiasco dies down, huh
- もう45、6にはなっている筈サバ読む毎に3歳ずつ若返っている奴I'm pretty sure that he's already about 45, 6.
So he's faking his age backwards by 3, 4 years each time, huh?
- 別れた嫁が韓国人で韓国語で会話してたってんだから生粋の日本人では無いよなHis ex-wife is a Korean, and they spoke in Hangul which doesn't make him a pure Japanese.
- ガクトのところに毎年のように毎年調査が入るって記事が前にあったな毎年って異常だぞ？I read an article before that GACKT was being investigated yearly.
Isn't that too much?
- 逮捕されませんねーかなり動いたみたいだからてっきり・・・So he's still not going behind bars?
I thought things made drastic turns already so...
- 悪夢ちゃんに出てた時はあースルーでもするのかと思ってたけどどうやら限界みたいだなI thought they were going to ignore all of GACKT's past mishaps when I saw him appearing in Akumu-chan, but I guess things have reached boiling point now.
- こいつなんでこんなリッチなの？多少金持ちだろうけどTM西川のほうがヒット曲あるし西川のほうが金持ちっぽいんだけどこいつ売れた歌あるの？Really, why is he this rich?
I understand that he has some money, but I think TM's Nishikawa has more hit songs and is richer. Does this guy even have any popular songs?
- アイコニックさんは意外と義理堅いんだなこいつは助けたところで簡単に裏切るただの銭ゲバなのにICONIQ is surprisingly pretty loyal, huh.
To think that this is a money-hungry guy who'll easily betray others once he's spared.
- 知り合いに熱狂的ファンがいるけどどんな報道されても「嘘」と信じない盲目的なファンがいる限りなんだかんだ安泰なんだろうI know someone who's a huge fan of GACKT, and doesn't believe anything bad reported about him.
I think he's still pretty safe as long as he still has these blind fans.
- ガクトの彼女のアイコニックが韓国でも嫌われてるから韓国も無理ガクトは北京語はペラペラだから北京語圏がいいんだろGACKT's girlfriend ICONIQ is also hated in Korea so he can't move to Korea.
GACKT's fluent in Mandarin so he probably wanted to move somewhere where he can speak the language.
- 知り合いに信者がいてうざい信者なのは構わないが布教してくんなSomeone I know is a major believer of his, and is pretty annoying. I don't mind people worshipping him, just don't propagate it to others.
- >>京都の宝石屋に売却する京都の宝石屋…ジェムケリーか？？> sell the 1st~4th floors of his jewelry store in Kyoto
Kyoto jewelry store... is it GemCEREY?
- >>205だけど、ジェムケリーの社長のブログ見たら、「GACKTと超会議に行ってきました。」って記事があった＼(^o^)／ジェムケリーで決定ぽいなWhen I looked at the blog of GemCEREY's president, one of the entries went,
"I went to the Chokaigi with GACKT" ＼(^o^)／
It looks like they're talking about GemCEREY.
- hydeも見捨てたの？Has hyde forsaken him too?
- 募金を搾取した話は許せないこいつ一回マジで追い込んだ方がいいよI still can't forgive him for stealing all those donations.
This guy should be driven to the edge once.
- 今のGACKTは糞だと思うが、当時MALICE MIZERの音楽とGacktの美しさに心を奪われた身としては切ないなぁ…どうしてこうなったI do think GACKT is shi+ these days, but I really feel miserable for liking Malice Mizer's music and falling for GACKT's beauty back in the day... Why did things turn out like this?