Fallen star hits rock bottom after meteoric demise
Posted by redracer on July 12, 2007
An article in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi tells about the recent antics of former J-Pop star Tomomi Kahala …
She was born in Tokyo in 1974 as Tomomi Shimogawara and working in modelling before being picked up by legendary producer Tetsuya Komuro in 1995, and after 3 big selling singles, her first album ‘Love Brace’ in 1996 sold over 2.5 million copies. At this time it was also revealed that the two were lovers, but it was in 1997, when they broke up, that magazines published stories about them abusing drugs, and from there her career started to dip. The breakup with Tetsuya Komuro, scandalous turmoils, a nervous breakdown and a failed suicide attempt portrayed her in a negative light in the conservative Japanese media. After the gossip had died down, she released a number of albums and singles in 2001 & 2002, and then again disappeared from view. In 2005, she released the album ‘NAKED’ which contained saucy poses, but only sold around 12,000 copies. She was used for one of the voices in the Japanese ‘Sound of Music’ DVD, and did a musical and released a photobook.
However during June this year, she cancelled a rehearsal for a TV show, pulled out of practice for a concert and then yanked the plug on a few scheduled radio appearances. This caused her agent of 8 years to lose patience with her, and she was fired. Just before, they had asked her to sign a promise not to take too many prescription drugs. It seems that the recent problems stem from the long standing overuse of prescription drugs, and she was arrested for public drunkedness 3 time in June.
It seems that her meteoric demise is on par with her meteoric rise to fame.
Tomomi in 1998.
Tomomi in 2005