I apologize to those of you who may have experienced heart palpitations while reading the headline, due to either extreme excitement that this talent-lacking pop phenom would possibly be out of our lives forever, or in jealousy that the 19-year-old Biebs can afford to do such amazing things purely by leaking out audible heinousness. We here at Giant Freakin’ Robot know exactly how you feel.
Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun, are joining the 530+ other paying volunteers (including that other eternal annoyance Ashton Kutcher) who will take an eventual ride in Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two whenever the test launching phase is complete. It’s been successful thus far, and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is optimistic that flights could begin before the year is out.
Branson himself shared the news via Twitter, saying “Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!” One has to wonder what a guy like Branson even thinks of pop music nowadays.