After blowing off the money shot and retiring from the prime-time slot, is Ai Iijima now ready to tie the knot? Former adult movie star cum recently retired celebrity Ai Iijima looks to have finally found love, according to Josei Jishin.
Iijima, who was forced out of show business at the end of March after contracting a serious liver disease, was recently spotted with her likely lover in the posh Tokyo district of Nishi Azabu.
“She was in a pricey Korean barbecue restaurant in Nishi Azabu at about 8 p.m. one weeknight in June. The restaurant is famous for its private booths and she was in there for at least three hours,” a customer from the restaurant tells Josei Jishin.
The next day, Iijima sneaked off to watch a concert before returning home early in the evening. Later that night, she drove off to a swank hotel in Tokyo’s Roppongi.
Iijima had said on TV before that the hotel made delicious desserts, so at first it seemed she may have gone shopping after an attack of the munchies. But she didn’t head to any of the stores, instead making a beeline for the check-in counter.
Within minutes, a smiling man walked over to the 34-year-old retired celebrity and began chatting away to her.
Josei Jishin notes that Iijima and the man walked into an elevator and obviously up to the room she’d just booked out.
Iijima later wrote about the incident on her blog. Under the headline “Ai Iijima has really got herself in trouble,” Iijima wrote “I figured they wouldn’t get mad if we stayed another night. But then I realized I shouldn’t have checked in myself. Well, lots has been happening.”
A few days after the hotel stay, the weekly’s reporters caught up with Iijima outside her home, asking her plans for marriage and more details about the man she’d been with.
Iijima brushed the reporters off and headed into her home.
“Write whatever you want,” Josei Jishin quotes her telling the hacks before heading inside.