Figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who won Olympic gold medals in both the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games, announced his marriage on Friday, receiving congratulations from his fanbase. However, some fans expressed sadness that the photogenic 28-year-old would no longer be available romantically. Hanyu made the announcement on X, the social media messaging platform formerly known as Twitter, without revealing the identity of his partner. In his post, he thanked everyone for their support and explained that after living with skating for 24 years and experiencing the fast-changing world, including COVID-19 and natural disasters, he had made the decision to get married. Hanyu’s hometown of Sendai had suffered significant damage from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast. Despite the news, Hanyu could not be reached for immediate comment. Many fans, both in Japan and internationally, expressed a sense of loss, with “Hanyu loss” becoming a trending hashtag on social media. Some fans even took the day off to process the news, while others lamented that the world had become empty. The announcement of Hanyu’s marriage marks a new chapter in his life, and his fans continue to support him in his personal and professional endeavors.
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