Ayano was most recently seen in the TBS Autumn 2015 drama "Kounodori" while Sakuma was the lead in FujiTV Autumn 2015 drama "Transit Girls".
In response to reports about their rumoured relationship, Ayano's agency denied the news and said that although they have been out to have meals together, it was always in the company of other friends and they have not met alone. As such, it was surprising that this type of news came out and that it was not true that Ayano had introduced Sakuma as his girlfriend to Oguri. At the same time, Sakuma's agency also claimed that Ayano is merely a friend of Sakuma and that they are not dating.
Source: Sponichi / Sanspo