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Is Shohei Ohtani Married? Breaking Down the Two-Way MLB Phenom’s Relationship With Kamalani Dung

Published 03/12/2023, 11:20 AM EDT

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Born to Kayoko and Toru Ohtani in Ōshū, Japan, Shohei Ohtani has been a star since his early high school days. In 2013, Ohtani made his NPB debut with Hokkaidō Nippon-Ham Fighters, before making it big in MLB. Consequently, at the young age of 23, Ohtani, popularly known as the two-way sensation or Shotime, made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018.

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The start to his MLB career was topsy-turvy, and rather choppy and injury-plagued, until 2021 when the odds completely changed, and Ohtani went on to win the AL MVP. Up until today, Ohtani has laid all his focus on his professional career, and there is little to no information about his personal and romantic life. But does Ohtani have a lady love who we don’t know about?

Is Shohei Ohtani married?


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“Does Shohei Ohtani have a wife?” is probably the biggest question that pops up in everyone’s mind when talking about his personal life. Well, Ohtani has always kept his personal life private. But for a superstar, even secrecy leads to rumors. As a result, Ohtani, who has officially and publicly never been married, was once the victim of marriage rumors.

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However, as far as the record goes, Ohtani was not only distant from these marriage rumors but never even dated the person involved.


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Shohei Ohtani has been linked to Kamalani Dung.

While it’s almost certain that Shohei Ohtani is single, there was once a time when he was linked to professional softball player Kamalani Dung, who is a professional pitcher from Hawaii representing Puerto Rico.

In 2018, Dung shared a picture with Ohtani on her Instagram profile. As a result, multiple rumors about her possible relationship with Shohei Ohtani came to light.

However, after catching wind of these rumors, Dung immediately issued a clarification stating that she was only a massive fan of Ohtani.

How did Shohei Ohtani meet Kamalani Dung?

Back in 2018, Kama Dung managed to find her way into sharing spaces with a few Los Angeles Angels stars, and then Dodgers star Kike Hernandez. She shared an Instagram picture with multiple players, including Shohei Ohtani, Martin Maldonado, and Rene Rivera with the caption, “Thanks for hooking it up @angels (and Kike w @dodgers)”

Following this meeting at first, rumors of a relationship between the Angels star and the Puerto Rican gold medalist surfaced. However, neither of the two ever confirmed or denied rumors of a potential relationship, and Kama Dung has always strictly maintained that she’s just a massive fan of the two-way wonder.

Even when the picture went viral, she maintained that the upload was as a massive Ohtani fan, and that only.

Shohei Ohtani’s rumored girlfriend Kamalani Dung likes an interesting tweet

In 2021, Kama Dung, who was admittedly a massive Ohtani fan, liked the Angels’ tweet celebrating Ohtani as ESPY’s “Best MLB Player!”

After catching wind of these new rumors that stemmed simply from a like, Kama sarcastically tweeted saying, “But the real question is, who snitched and told those magazines that I was Shohei Ohtani’s girlfriend?!”

Are Shohei Ohtani and Kamalani Dung dating?

By simply liking a tweet and uploading a picture alongside Shohei Ohtani at Angel Stadium, Kama Dung became the focus of attention regarding Ohtani’s romantic status. However, it should be noted that Dung is actually in a relationship with Hawaii-based musician Dillion Pakele. And the couple even made their relationship public on Instagram last year.


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Ohtani, on the other hand, through his interpreter, has time and again revealed that he’s not dating anyone.


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In a world where popularity works hand in hand with unwarranted public scrutiny, it is very unlikely that Ohtani has escaped it all and is with someone secretly. Nevertheless, what do you think? Is Shohei Ohtani dating anyone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by:

Mohsin Baldiwala


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Mohsin Baldiwala is an MLB author for EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his BBA degree, specializing in Communications & Media with a Public Policy minor. Along with his keen interest in politics and questions about society, he has written multiple research papers about a variety of topics, ranging from stand-up comedy to the Indian Education System.
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Abhishek Kumar