In a tearful apology viewed by millions on Youtube, Minami Minegishi, a singer in Japan‘s popular band AKB48, shaved her head and apologized for staying the night at her boyfriend’s house . As the BBC reports, Minegishi, 20, breached the ‘no dating’ rule in her contract which forced her to post the video on the girl band’s website.
In the video she says she shaved her head to apologize for her immature action:
I don’t believe just doing this means I can be forgiven for what I did, but the first thing I thought was that I don’t want to quit AKB48. If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band. Everything I did is entirely my fault. I am so sorry.
Minegish was forced to post the video after a gossip magazine published photos of her leaving her boyfriend’s house. Menegishi is a founding member of Akihabara 48, which is made up of almost 90 girls. The band members age-range goes from mid teens to ealry 20s. AKH48 members are prohibited from dating boys in order not to disappoint their fan base.