Japanese singer Utada Hikaru shares wedding photos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 28 2014 12:58 PM | Updated as of May 28 2014 10:24 PM

MANILA – As promised, Japanese Utada Hikaru shared some photos of her wedding to Italian bartender Francesco Calliano last May 23.

On her official website, Utada posted four photos from her wedding, which was held in Polignano a mare in southern Italy.

One photo shows the Japanese singer wearing a kimono as she posed beside Calliano and another with her father and manager, Utada Teruzane.

Utada Hikaru (left) with her husband, Francesco Calliano. Photo from Utada Hikaru’s website
Utada Hikaru with her father, Utada Teruzane. Photo from Utada Hikaru’s website

The two other photos were taken inside the church. Utada is accompanied by her father in one photo, while the other shows the newlyweds holding hands.

Utada Hikaru walks down the aisle with her father. Photo from Utada Hikaru’s website
Utada Hikaru with her husband, Francesco Calliano. Photo from Utada Hikaru’s website

According to reports from various Japanese news websites and blogs, Utada was surrounded by seven to eight bodyguards who held paper umbrellas to protect her from paparazzi.

The couple’s guests were also prohibited from taking photos.

Utada, 31, is considered one of Japan’s most successful artists and has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

After releasing five Japanese studio albums, two compilation albums and three English albums, she went on hiatus in 2011.

In 2012, Utada contributed a song titled “Sakura Nagashi” as the ending theme for an Evangelion movie, but her management stressed that it did not represent a return to her musical career.

A year later, she hosted a monthly radio program titled “Kuma Power Hour.” It aired its last episode in March 2014.

Utada’s first husband was film director Kazuaki Kiriya. They tied the knot in 2002 and got divorced four and a half years later.