Rebecca (レベッカ, Rebekka, surname unknown)
March 6, 1984 (age 36) (
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Becky♪♯ (ベッキー♪♯, Bekki)
Sun Music ProductionsEMI Music Japan
Simon RayVaughan, Satoshi Yoshiko
Rola, Eiji Wentz, Aya Ueto, Shelly, Margaret Natsuki
Singer, model, actress
Becky (ベッキー, Bekkī, born March 6, 1984) is a Japanese television personality, or tarento, signed with the entertainment company Sun Music Productions. Beginning in late 2009, she began a music career under the name Becky♪♯, with the eighth note and sharp representing "a different half of Becky stepping up".
- Becky Then and Now The Undying Half Talent
- Television series
- Variety shows
- Other appearances
Becky (Then and Now) The Undying Half Talent
Becky was born in Kanagawa Prefecture to a British father and Japanese mother. She has a younger sister named Jessica Rabone who lived in the United States to study dance and has other family in England, as seen in an episode of Sekai no Hatemade Itte Q! (世界の果てまでイッテQ!). Becky held dual citizenship status in both Japan and the United Kingdom.
She debuted as a regular on the popular children's show Oha-Suta in 1999 reading out the English names of various Pokémon characters in a section of the show called Pokémon: The World. She became a popular mascot of the show, and eventually started landing spots on various Japanese variety shows. On television, she has also appeared in numerous commercials and has lent her voice to the characters of many anime shorts and movies.
Australian airline Jetstar Airways used her in advertisements and promotions aimed towards Japanese audiences. Jetstar reported her full name as being "Rebecca-Eri Rabone", whereas The Japan Times reports her full name as "Rebecca Eri Ray Vaughan", but neither Becky nor her representation agency have stated this in Japan.
In January 2016, Becky's reputation as Japan's most popular female personality took a negative hit after Japanese tabloid Shukan Bunshun revealed that she had an affair with musician Enon Kawatani who at the time was married. Following the scandal, Kawatani announced that he officially divorced his wife. In order to appease the public backlash and as a condition for her comeback to show business in Japan, Becky tried to officially apologize to Kawatani's wife. However, having no direct channel to her, Becky contacted the Shukan Bunshun’s editorial department instead. Shukan Bunshun published the full contents of Becky’s letter at the end of April 2016. The letter acknowledges her affair but also implies that she has not seen Kawatani since the scandal broke and that she no longer has feelings for him. As a result of her apologies, Becky was to make her comeback with an appearance on TBS. In her first appearance back on TV, she appeared on "Full Chorus - Music is Full Chorus” on the cable channel BS Skyperfect TV.
Becky is currently a regular panelist on the following programs:
In addition to her work as an actress and model, Becky has also had several musical releases. Beginning in late 2009, Becky began recording under the name "Becky♪♯" (ベッキー♪♯, Bekkī), and her first single under EMI Music Japan debuted in the top 10 of the Oricon's Daily and Weekly Charts.