Monday, November 20, 2006

Transvestite troubadour a sucker for the tall, possessive type

Transvestite troubadour a sucker for the tall, possessive type

Cross-dressing crooner Izam has shocked Japanese sensibilities through marriage once again, moving from a squeaky voiced ex-spouse to tying the knot with squeaky clean actress Miho Yoshioka, who's already three months pregnant, screams Shukan Josei (11/28).

Izam, who fronted the mid-'90s visual band Shazna, was introduced to the thespian in November last year by a mutual friend, and the singer-cum-director and Yoshioka began dating in secret shortly afterward.

The couple are not yet living together, but are apparently spending much of their time looking for a place to live.

Yoshioka, 26, reportedly enjoys cooking and apparently went over to Izam's apartment to make meals for him on a number of occasions.

"When I'm cooking something I like, I go into my own dream world," Shukan Josei quotes her telling a magazine interview.

Izam, on the other hand, has earned a reputation for feminine beauty surpassing that of even the most stunning women. But he's recently declared that he's giving up the girdles and girl garments and moving from music to movies.

"Izam got back with his band in September, which was the first time they'd worked together in six years," a reporter on the showbiz beat tells Shukan Josei. "He made his directorial debut with the movie 'Canonne,' which starred Yoshioka and opened in theaters in July. Their love bloomed and even at this stage their public and private lives were intertwined."

Izam's marriage is not his first, though this time around wedlock is not as controversial as his initial nuptials were back in 1999. Izam's first wife was model and then-teenage actress Hinano Yoshikawa, who's also known for her shrill, piercing voice some have likened to the knife-like wail of a harpy.

So unexpected was their marriage, and the bride so young, the union was deemed "playing mamas and papas" and few were surprised when the marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce after just seven months.

Though now more mature, there are still some alarming signs, especially when it comes to the similarities between Yoshioka and Yoshikawa. Both Izam's wives are around 168-centimeters tall (which is pretty lofty for a Japanese woman) and they also share the common trait of being overly protective of their man. Yoshikawa once boasted of being the type who "gets jealous at the family dog."

Current wife Yoshioka has also talked along similar lines.

"I've always wanted a simple kind of love life," Shukan Josei quotes Yoshioka telling one interviewer. "The problem is, I'm the type who gets really jealous, really easily, which means I probably won't be able to find the plain type of love I've always looked for." (By Ryann Connell)

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