Vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who became popular for his solo work and for being the frontman of L'Arc~en~Ciel and Vamps.
He was born Hideto Takarai and originally aspired to become a guitarist, but he instead became best known as a vocalist.
In addition to singing and playing the guitar, he can also play the keyboards, saxophone, and harmonica.
He married Megumi Ooishi on December 25, 2000, and they had a child in 2003.
Being an avid admirer of Marilyn Manson and his music, he once did a cover of Manson's version of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams."