Pop star shaves head, apologizes in viral video for dating boyfriend

Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi became the center of news headlines after she shaved her head to apologize for breaking her bands’ “no boys” rule. The 20-year-old member of the Japanese pop group AKB48 asked for forgiveness in a viral video.

“I’m sorry for making my band members, all the fans, the staff and my family worry. I apologize to all of them. If it is possible, I wish from the bottom of my heart to stay in the band,” Minegishi begged.

“Everything I did is entirely my fault...I am so sorry...I don’t believe that just by doing this it means I can be forgiven for what I did, but the first thing I thought was that I don’t want to quit AKB48,” she added.

The Japanese pop group has a strict rule that every member should project and maintain an image that they are single and available to keep fans interested.

Local tabloids published photos of Minegishi dating her dancer-boyfriend Alan Shirahama. The incident has led to her demotion as a “beginner” member of the all-girl group.

Here’s the full video for those who know the Japanese language:

Okay...it’s the group’s policy, but is it right?