Shimabukuro and Saotome were first reported to be an item in September last year and announced their engagement via their respective blogs. They met while acting in the stage play "KABUKI" and started dating soon after with the intention of getting married.
Shimabukuro made her debut as a SPEED member in 1996 while Saotome who is 12 years younger than her, was only a baby at the same time. She will continue working after marriage while Saotome will continue working in stage plays. There are no plans for a wedding and they will be looking for a new apartment to live together.