Ashton Kutcher sold his Virgin Galactic flight ticket into space because his wife, Mila Kunis, convinced him that it wasn’t a “smart family decision.”
In a recent interview with website Cheddar News, the That ’70s Show star revealed his co-star-turned-wife had him reevaluate the risk of flying with billionaire Sir Richard Branson‘s space travel company.
“When I got married and had kids, my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children, so I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic,” Kutcher said. Kutcher, 43, who married Kunis in 2015 (they have two kids together), revealed that he was supposed to be on the next flight, and added that “at some point, I’m going to space.”
Ashton Kutcher says he sold his ticket to space back to Virgin Galactic.🚀 pic.twitter.com/zFonavhnTv— Cheddar News 🧀 (@cheddar) July 15, 2021
Users on Twitter had no choice but to make fun of Kutcher backing out of the space experience because of Mila:
Ashton Kutcher: So, honey, I bought a ticket and I’m going to space!— Karla Lárraga (@KarlaLarraga) July 16, 2021
Mila: Not today you’re not. pic.twitter.com/MKAYNDcLlD
"Hey Richard? It's Ashton. Uhh listen about that space flight? My wife said I can't g- I mean, we decided it wasn't a smart family decision."— Deadboy90 (@deadboy90d) July 16, 2021
Kutcher’s announcement comes days after Branson successfully launched into space aboard the VSS Unity, becoming the first rocket company owner to leave Earth aboard his own spacecraft.
Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own rocket.https://t.co/j0Q2rnpo3W pic.twitter.com/s4nMKpxcrG— Cheddar News 🧀 (@cheddar) July 11, 2021
So far, about 600 people have reserved tickets for future space tourism flights offering a few minutes of zero-gravity, according to company filings. Kutcher was the 500th customer to sign up for a suborbital trip into outer space when fares peaked at $200,000 in 2012. The price has since jumped up to $250,000 a ticket.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber are some other celebrities who have signed up for the space flight. The company has two more test flights planned in the next few months and is now aiming to run 400 commercial space flights per year.