Ayumi Hamasaki gave birth to a boy in secret, but has no plans to marry rumoured 21-year-old boyfriend

Unmarried Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki reportedly welcomed a baby boy last November, but only announced it on New Year's Day. (Photo: Getty Images)

The life of a diva is not easy, especially for J-pop songstress Ayumi Hamasaki. With her biographical novel M - There is A Lovable Person launched last year, which will be made into a drama series, Hamasaki has yet another milestone to add to her roller coaster-like life — she has become a mother at the age of 41.

On the night of New Year’s Day, the diva announced on her official fan club site, “Late last year, I gave birth to an angel and have become a mother.” According to Japanese news reports, Hamasaki gave birth to a boy last November in secret. The father is suspected to be her rumoured boyfriend, her background dancer Shunpei Araki, who is 21 years old.

The baby is Hamasaki’s first child. It seems the couple has yet to tie the knot and they have no plans on getting married either.

The announcement took her fans by surprise as the J-pop star had not looked pregnant prior to her giving birth.

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Apparently, in order to maintain this secret amidst her hectic schedule, it was “like performing magic” to go on stage right after childbirth, as Hamasaki revealed on her Instagram. The first-time mum said she could not have done it without her costume team, make-up artists, hair stylists, event staff, and the doctors and nurses who were supporting her 24/7.

Hamasaki went on to elaborate that it is because of such support that she was able to perform on stage, and this does not mean that women can work immediately after giving birth.

“Having gone through the physical and mental difficulties of the postpartum period, I am very grateful to my friends and family who have been by my side more than anyone. To all the pregnant ladies and mothers in Japan, I sincerely hope that you will have more than enough rest,” wished the diva.