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Pop star Hikaru Utada, who announced Monday she will suspend musical activities for an indefinite period starting next year, complained in her blog Wednesday that a tabloid paper got wrong her reason for taking time off.

Sports Nippon quoted a producer at EMI Music Tuesday as saying, “Utada debuted at 15, got famous and then couldn’t go to McDonald’s or the 109 (department store) in Shibuya. . . . She felt she had gained a lot but lost a lot as well.”

Utada said in her blog, “The story doesn’t express my feelings.”

The singer added that it troubles her that people might think she was taking time off for such an insignificant reason and that she has never felt her fame has been a detriment.

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