April Babaran (エイプリル・ババラン) is a former Japanese singer as part of the group Coconuts Musume within Hello! Project.

Biography[edit | edit source]

April (center) with Mika (left) and Chelsea (right), September 1999

April, August 1999

1998[edit | edit source]

In November, the Pacific Dream Pop Singer Competition was held in Hawaii, USA by Sony Music Entertainment Japan, offering a record deal to the overall winner. International finals was held at the Nagoya Hard Rock Cafe in December.

1999[edit | edit source]

In March, Ayaka, Chelsea, AprilDanielle, and Mika were selected by Makoto to become a group.

On May 27, Coconuts Musume were first introduced on an episode of ASAYAN, and on July 23, they released their debut single, Halation Summer / Summer Night Town (English Version).

In August, the group made their debut in Taiwan and released the Taiwanese edition of their first single. The music videos for both "Halation Summer" and "Summer Night Town (English Version)" were shot there.

On August 25, Coconuts Musume released their second single, DANCE & CHANCE.

On an episode of the variety show "Idol wo Sagase!" aired September 21, we see Coconuts Musume going back home to Hawaii. On the episode the following week, the two hosts of the show are conducting a telephone interview with Ayaka, Mika and Danielle only.

In October, the group released a collection of their music videos on VHS and DVD titled Coconuts Musume.

In November, it was announced that they were searching for a sixth member of the group.

2000[edit | edit source]

In January, it was announced that Chelsea and April had graduated from the group to continue their education back in Hawaii. Rumors were spread about how the girls had problems adjusting to life and culture in Japan as they spoke no Japanese, and had wished to go back home permanently.

April returned to Hawaii afterwards, and has not been in the public eye since. She has since become a mother of three boys (Aaden, Devin, Ethan) and got married to Chris Cortez in 2010. In November 2020, she gave birth to her foruth child, a girl.[1]

Profile[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Name: April Babaran (エイプリル・ババラン)
  • Legal Name April Babaran Cortez
  • Birthday: April 15, 1983 (1983-04-15) (age 37)
  • Ethnicity: Filipino
  • Birthplace: Hawaii, United States
  • Height: 156cm
  • Western Zodiac: Aries
  • Eastern Zodiac: Pig (Boar in Japan)
  • Hello! Project Groups:

  • Specialty: Hula dancing
  • Interests: Swimming, cycling, bowling, billiards, and dancing.
  • Favorite Music: R&B and Hawaiian.
  • Favorite Food: Pasta
  • Favorite Phrase: "Ee, honto ni?" {Huh, you mean it?}[2]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Has at least two children, one born in 2010 and in 2012.
  • April's sister, Kristina Babaran, was in a Hawaiian girl group called Forté.

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