Scratch Ashton Kutcher From List of Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts

Ashton Kutcher, no longer a future millionaut. (Credit: David Shankbone)

Remember back in 2012 when Ashton Kutcher bought a ticket on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo? And how Richard Branson’s company made a big deal of it being the 500th ticket? And how commercial flights were only 12-18 months away?

No? Well, don’t feel too bad. I forgot about it too, until this week.

Mashable reports it ain’t going to happen.

“I was booked on a flight to go to space and, in fact, I’m quite rueful about the fact that I am not going to space,” Kutcher said, “My wife asked me to sell my ticket to space because she didn’t think that it was a smart family decision.”

His wife being actress Mila Kunis. Kutcher is not the only celebrity to bag out on Virgin. Princess Beatrice of the UK canceled after VSS Enterprise crashed on Oct. 31, 2014.

Back in 2010, Katy Perry bought a ticket for fiancé Russell Brand. A source told Parabolic Arc that she got a refund after the relationship broke up.

Are Celebritynaut Lovebirds Katy Perry, Russell Brand About to Auger In? Updated

Katy Perry (Credit: Nikotransmission)

It looks as though Virgin Galactic celebritynauts Katy Perry and Russell Brand may be ready to pull the old ejection ring on their 14-month old marriage.

[Update: It’s official! Brand has filed for divorce citing….wait for it….irreconcilable differences. Another showbiz marriage you thought would last forever and ever torn asunder.]

Media reports indicate the couple, set to fly together into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, spent Christmas 7,000 miles apart after a massive argument that saw the formerly happy couple lobbing the proverbial f-word at one another. (And we’re not talking “frankfurter”.)

Perry, 27, took off for the Hawaiian island of Kauai (which, I can personally attest, is lovely this time of year), while her British funnyman husband, 36, spent the holidays at a far less tropical seaside town of Cornwall, England.