When you’re world famous and rich as the 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber with 40 million followers on Twitter, you can spend your money as much as you want, and get whatever you want.
So, what was his latest purchase? You’ll never guess, as it’s a ticket on space tourism company Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, which costs $250,000 a seat. And his loyal manager Scooter Braun is going to be on board too.
Sir Richard tweeted from his official Twitter account: “Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!”
The trip on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane would take the Biebs over 62 miles in altitude, during which he and the fellow passengers would enjoy a quick glance of the Earth in orbit before heading back.
According to the SETI Institute’s Seth Shostak, Justin’s trip could be a very good idea in garnering needed attention and funds — just think of the marketing and PR campaigns! He said:
“My suggestion is, be sure to send Justin Bieber on one of these flights early on. If there’s more interest, there are more customers. If there are more customers, there’s more technical development. It’s a positive feedback loop, and obviously that’s good.”
Bieber has always been interested in space exploration, even saying he wants to do a concert there — an idea which NASA thinks is possible.
But the 19-year-old isn’t the first star to want to go to space.
The announcement online was the latest addition of stars, who include Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have paid the $250,0000 deposit fee to get priority for the flights when the program becomes available.
During the Cannes film festival last month, one guest paid $1.2m in a charity auction, to sit next to Leonardo DiCaprio on Virgin Galactic.
The hefty price is no issue for Justin who’s net worth is estimated at $110 million, thanks to the success of songs such as Baby and the adulation of millions of fans – known as Beliebers, says the Daily Mail.
Some, like Bill Nye the Science Guy, are waiting for the price to dip before committing to a seat on Virgin Galactic’s spaceline. “[I] don’t feel like I should spend $200,000 on a plane ticket to go to sub-orbital flight, straight up and straight down,” Nye recently told Mashable. “But if the price comes down, I’ll go, heck yeah.”
Bieber may be wishing to escape a troubled week back on the planet. He has been accused of involvement in two incidents with photographers in Miami on Wednesday.
In the first, he ordered his security guards to take a snapper’s camera – an incident that was recorded, showing the photographer begging for his equipment back. Though the camera was returned, its SIM card wasn’t. In the second, his guards allegedly assaulted a photographer. Prosecutors are looking into the case, reports the Guardian.
However there is one good piece of new for him. Actually Justin Bieber has become the first person to have over 40 million followers on the social networking site. A recent report suggested around 50% of his subscribers were fake accounts.