A JAPANESE billionaire has abandoned his search for a girlfriend to take with him on a private trip to the Moon. Fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa announced the U-turn on Thursday citing “mixed feelings” about participating – weeks after opening online applications for the bizarre contest. This month, the 44-year-old declared he was seeking single females over 20 willing to vie to become his girlfriend for a documentary to be aired on streaming service AbemaTV. Almost 28,000 people applied. Maezawa, who sold his online fashion business Zozo for a reported £2.4billion last year, said he was “extremely remorseful” about the decision to pull out. He apologised to the applicants and AbemaTV staff in posts to Twitter, where he is Japan’s most followed account with more than 7million followers. Maezawa had promised to take the successful applicant on a private voyage around the moon with Elon Musk’s SpaceX.The pioneering flight, announced to great fanfare two years ago, is scheduled for 2023. Maezawa, who recently split up from actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27, has said he plans to take artists on the flight to inspire works based on the experience, in a project he’s dubbed Dear Moon. Maezawa’s cancelled documentary, titled “Full Moon… Read full this story
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