Fashion e-commerce mogul and founder of Zozotown, Yusaku Maezawa, is no longer looking for a female “life partner” to join him on SpaceX’s maiden tourist trip around the moon.
Maezawa, who is the 22nd richest man in the world, had invited single women over the age of 20 to apply to a matchmaking event, as part of a reality TV show called “Full Moon Lovers”.
Having paid a significant amount of money to secure his place on the SpaceX flight, Maezawa had planned to take several artists along with him.
But, the billionaire announced he had changed his mind and instead would seek a romantic partner to accompany him on the trip.
The 44-year-old made an online advertisement with a list of requirements, including: they had to be single; over the age of 20; and with an interest in going to space.
Nearly 28,000 women answered his call to action and applied via the AbemaTV-made show. Now having called off the search he has requested the show’s cancellation citing “personal reasons”.
Taking to Twitter he apologised, saying: “Despite my genuine and honest determination toward the show, there was a part of me that still had mixed feelings about my participation.
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“To think that 27,722 women, with earnest intentions and courage, had used their precious time to apply makes me feel extremely remorseful to conclude and inform everyone with this selfish decision of mine.
“I understand that I have disappointed many people — the applicants and all the staff from AbemaTV who were involved in the production — and I apologize to everyone for my unfavorable actions. I am truly sorry from the bottom of my heart.”
Previously, Maezawa pledged to share £725,000 between 100 randomly selected people who shared one of his tweets.
“To participate, all you have to do is follow me and RT this tweet,” he said. Subsequently his tweet became the most ever re-tweeted post ever. Reportedly, he informed the 100 winners last January.”