Why Mila Kunis stopped Ashton Kutcher from going into space?
Once upon a time, ten years ago, the actor and tech investor had been one among the first to purchase a $200,000 ticket to ride on the inaugural Virgin Galactic voyage to space with company founder Richard Branson.
Richard and the crew of his Virgin Galactic spaceship reached interstellar travel in July 2021. But Ashton wound up missing out.
As you may recall, this was because his wife Mila Kunis (whom he wed in 2016) insisted he sells the ticket because she thought it was “not a smart family decision.”
“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,” Ashton said
However, he maintained his confidence that a space mission was still possible, saying, “At some point, I am going to space.”
Fortunately, it does not appear that his wife is totally against him going on his space trip.
Almost immediately after Ashton’s disclosure, Mila came forward to tell that she now regretted cancelling her husband’s space mission, claiming that she would be acting out of “selfish” and “hormonal” impulses.
She told People last year, “I was a new mom and I was like, ‘You can’t leave me and the babies!’”
“I was all so hormonal and I was like, ‘You can’t, you’re going to die,’” she recalled telling him. “‘The thing’s going to explode and you’re going to die — and you’re going to leave me with the babies.’”
After more than a year has passed, it appears like Ashton has accepted Mila’s justification, despite her eventual decision to reverse course.
This past Thursday, the actor shared the sad tale of his dashed hopes for space travel on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Well— OK,” he began, heavy with disappointment upon being reminded of his lost ticket. “I was supposed to be on the first flight on Virgin Galactic to space. I bought a ticket for it. I had the ticket for it.”
“Then we had kids,” he went on. “And then [Mila] was like: ‘Do you wanna be on the first flight? Or, like, the fiftieth flight?”
“She had sound logic. And she made me give it up.” Ashton says now, conceding that his wife was likely right after being confronted with her reasonable questions.