Watch out, airlines – there’s a new player in town, and it seems like the impact that AURA could have on the airline industry might mean disaster for some old airline carriers. Just when the advent of low-cost carriers and declining ticket sales was starting to wear off, it seems like AURA might be the nail in the coffin for some more established chains.
What is AURA? A fresh new company, founded by a 21-year-old, that promises customers a private jet experience for the cost of a mere $280 ticket. The founder says, “AURA is the vision of an aviation geek who wants you to re-imagine what air travel can be. AURA is all about you. We are forward-looking. AURA is the future, going beyond the nostalgic Golden Age of air travel.”
Zander Futernick, the founder of AURA, explained that “affordability was the underlying principle in developing the business.” So is that why tickets are under $300 for a luxury private jet experience? Yes, says Zander.
“Having flown economy my entire life, AURA needed to be a product I could afford myself. AURA is a sincere endeavor to democratize the luxury of private aviation. Gone are senselessly expensive membership fees and phony claims of affordability. AURA leads a new category in aviation where being fair and doing good are never compromised.”
The company’s flights will take off and land only at small private airports, where passengers are required to be present at the airport just 20 minutes before takeoff.
What’s the most futuristic element onboard the state of the art aircraft? The self-cleaning toilets, of course. On AURA’s website, the company brags that “in only 20 seconds, nozzles positioned around the lavatory sanitize every surface, followed by ultraviolet lights killing 99 percent of all germs. The lavatory is quickly scented for the next guest.”
Romance was in the air and Hollywood was saturated with stars grinning goofily in the 80’s. And how could they not? These power couples had it all – looks, luck, and love. But did they stand the test of time?
Brooke Shields & Nicolas Cage – Then
Bombshell Brooke Shields began dating Nicolas Cage shortly after rumors started flying about a hidden love affair between the two. The two attended the Moonstruck film premiere together and genuinely seemed as though they were happy together.
Brooke Shields & Nicolas Cage – Now
After dating for only a short amount of time, the two called things off after a year. The brief romance ended as quickly as it started, and just as abruptly, too. Although the two shied away from the camera after closing the deal, they both released statements through their publicists in order to set the record straight about ending things for good. Overall, looks like both sides’ fans anticipated what took both actors slightly longer to understand.
Sylvester Stallone & Brigitte Nielsen – Then
When Rocky was breaking records worldwide and Stallone was placed on a cinematic pedestal, the woman who stood by him was left alone, and the successful actor moved on to carry out a publicized affair with Brigitte Nielsen. Since Brigitte was 17 years his junior at the time, it did not take much before the media spiraled into a frenzy with notorious claims about the relationship and Brigitte’s intentions. The two married in 1985 and intended on spending the rest of their lives together.
Sylvester Stallone & Brigitte Nielsen – Now
After 19 months of marriage, Stallone and Nielsen thought enough was enough and parted their ways. “If I would go back in time, I shouldn’t have married him,” Nielsen says. “And he shouldn’t have married me! I don’t want to sit here and come across as an angel. I probably was also a pain in the butt at times… But it really just wasn’t for me, and it became very ugly, like some divorces do,” said Nielsen during an interview she gave on Oprah.
Tim Allen & Laura Deibel – Then
In 1984, Tim and Laura were married in a romantic ceremony. It took only one year of dating before the two understood what everyone around them already has long before – that they were destined for one another. Taking their relationship one step further, Tim and Laura brought a baby girl into the world in 1989, who they named Katherine. Katherine is the only child the two have together to this day. Despite Tim’s rocky past with substance abuse, Laura stuck by his side.
Tim Allen & Laura Deibel – Now
Citing irreconcilable differences, Laura filed for a legal separation from Allen in 2003. Although she demanded sole custody of their only child together at first, the two former lovers managed to come up with reasonable terms both sides were happy with, thus settling their divorce outside of court. “They were lifelong soulmates,” said Allen’s close friend George Kutlenios. Allen’s mother, Martha Bones, also wanted to comment on her son’s ending marriage and was quoted saying: “The situation is very unhappy for everyone.”
Mike Tyson & Robin Givens – Then
American model, actress and stage performer Robin Givens met multi-millionaire and world champ boxer Mike Tyson in March 1986 and said “I do” on February 7, 1988. Rumors spread about how quickly the two were to walk down the aisle and the fact there was no prenuptial agreement involved in the deal caused an even bigger stir. Givens got pregnant shortly after the wedding but unfortunately suffered a miscarriage, one the two had a hard time bouncing back from.
Mike Tyson & Robin Givens – Now
Tyson and Givens split after only one year of marriage, mostly due to the fact the miscarriage caused them to feel different about each other. Tyson claimed his wife was more interested in his cashflow than himself, while Givens alleged spousal abuse on several different platforms. In their divorce, newspapers noted Givens was handed a hefty amount of $10 million – an allegation she denied continuously, claiming “I didn’t receive one dime.” After this relationship ended, Givens married once more, but that marriage was short lived too.
Sam Shepard & Jessica Lange – Then
“He’s a great man, a natural man, which is rare. I’ve been with a lot of men and I’ve known a lot of men. And you know I’ve had romances with what you’d call famous men, and none compare to Sam in terms of maleness,” said Jessica in a 1991 interview she gave Vanity Fair. The playwright and Lange began dating in 1982, but their relationship was a tumultuous one. As it turns out, the two were also engaged at one point, but the ceremony never happened.
Sam Shepard & Jessica Lange – Now
Due to complications from his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is also commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Sam Shepard passed away in July 2017 at the age of 73. Only a few hours before he took his last breath, his lifelong partner Jessica gave an interview about her relationship with the man she called her past lover, saying: “I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor.”
Louis Malle & Candice Bergen – Then
Candice met Louis after her relationship with former boyfriend Terry Melcher ended, and married him on September 27th, 1980. The French film director was everything Candice was looking for in her drama-filled life, since his kind personality and calm presence balanced her life in a stable way, as well as introduced joyful laughter and an easy going attitude. The two had one child together, a daughter they named Chloe, who was born 5 years after they got hitched.
Louis Malle & Candice Bergen – Now
For poor Candice, it seemed as though she was leading a tragic life when it came to love. Her previous relationship to Terry Melcher ended after they moved out of the notorious 10050 Cielo Drive villa in L.A., which is also widely known as the crime scene for the infamous Tate murders. After only 10 years of marriage to Louis, the man died of cancer on Thanksgiving Day. However, always one to bounce back, Candice found new love and is now happily married to Marshall Rose.
Dustin Hoffman & Lisa Gottsegen – Then
While many celebrities get caught up in the fame and fortune and therefore have their careers tainted by tabloids, Hoffman has somehow managed to maintain a squeaky-clean image, one which is very likely due to his wife – who just so happens to be his 17 years junior. The two married shortly after Hoffman’s first marriage ended, and the two have four children together – not to mention two grandchildren. During their marriage, Lisa also wanted to make a name for herself, and so she founded the Lisa Hoffman Beauty line.
Dustin Hoffman & Lisa Gottsegen – Now
Dustin and Lisa are still married to this very day, setting a pretty high record and example for the rest of the Hollywood scene. During an interview he gave to Reader’s Digest, Dustin explained how he and Lisa make it work: “If you’re both working, to be honest, the marriage gets better and better. Love becomes deeper. It’s because you know the game — meaning life — is limited. I say to my wife, ‘I don’t have enough time. There’s not going to be enough time with you.’”
Helen Hunt & Matthew Broderick – Then
Broderick and Hunt had the ultimate relationship, having started off as close friends. They even filmed two movies together – Then She Found Me, and Project X. Broderick seemed smitten with the actress back in 1987, and Hunt appeared to return her admiration to the man by her side. The two had undeniable chemistry both offscreen and on it and seemed like an easy match that was going to go the distance despite having their love blossom in a hostile environment like the Hollywood scene.
Helen Hunt & Matthew Broderick – Now
After the split, the two remained close friends and even starred in a 2008 film titled Then She Found Me together. The movie, however, mostly received attention for its notorious scene in which the two were spending the night together – and boy oh boy was it an awkward one! Hunt, on the other hand, stated it felt completely natural: “He and I have had a very good friendship for 20 years [after dating], so I felt very comfortable, like I had a supportive someone onstage with me.”
Diane Lane & Jon Bon Jovi – Then
Handsome rocker Bon Jovi’s band manager, Rich Bozzett, recently dished on the superstar’s relationship to actress Diane Lane. According to Bozzett, Bon Jovi easily fell in love with Lane, who was 20-years-old at the time and had a healthy and happy attitude towards life. Apparently, Bon Jovi was so committed to young Lane that he broke off his previous relationship in order to be with her and did not care about her partying ways.
Diane Lane & Jon Bon Jovi – Now
And indeed, Bon Jovi did not care – until jealousy got the best of him. Bozzett spilled the details about the incident that nearly tore his band apart, claiming Lane was growing a little too close to fellow bandmate Richie Sambora. Although the rocker loved Lane’s wild lifestyle prior to this Sambora complication, he was angered and felt betrayed when she seemed too cozy with Sambora. These days, Bon Jovi is married to childhood friend Dorothea Hurley, while Diane is divorced.
Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson – Then
Don and Melanie met in a rather uncommon way, but due to the fact that Melanie grew up in and around Hollywood, it is not too surprising. While visiting her mother on set, Melanie was hanging around when she came across handsome Don, who is eight years her senior. Their relationship resulted in an exchange of vows in no time, but it only lasted six months, after which the two broke things off – only to run back into the other’s arms and remarry in 1989.
Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson – Now
The romantic relapse resulted in the birth of their daughter, Dakota. Unfortunately, the new child in their lives only proved what they had learned the previous time – that they were not meant to be anything more than friends. The two broke things off, and Griffith fell for actor Antonio Banderas, who she was married to for more than a decade. Sadly, that marriage was dissolved as well, making Griffith swear off marriage altogether. Don married socialite and school teacher Kelley Phleger, whom he is married to til this day.
Dennis Quaid & Lea Thompson – Then
Both working on the set of 1983’s Jaws 3D, Quaid and Thomas hit it off from the start. The two worked together and spent a significant amount of time around each other, resulting in their relationship developing at a faster pace than others, as was claimed by a source close to the two. It was not long before Quaid got down on one knee and popped the inevitable question, one Thompson was quick to agree to. Going from coworkers to fiancés, this couple was ready for their next step.
Dennis Quaid & Lea Thompson – Now
Quaid and Thompson were engaged for three long years before realizing that some things were simply not meant to be. After their split, Dennis Quaid was linked to several high-profile relationships, some of which were casual and short-lived, while others were fully committing, like his marriage to Texas-based real-estate agent Kimberly Buffington. As for Thompson, the actress, director, and producer wed fellow director Howard Deutch in ’89, who she has been married to ever since. The two have two daughters together.
Johnny Depp & Lori Anne Allison – Then
She was 25, he was 20, but they were not about to let something as unimportant as a small age difference get in the way of fulfilling their love and saying their vows. Johnny and Lori married in 1983 and managed to make their relationship stick for longer than most. Johnny was a kind individual in her eyes, one she considered a friend first and foremost. However, the dynamic duo was highly discreet about their relationship and shied away from the public.
Johnny Depp & Lori Anne Allison – Now
The two were as private about their divorce as they were throughout their two-year marriage. However, they did manage to end things amicably, which was particularly evident in Depp’s more recent, infamous divorce trial, where the Pirates Of The Caribbean actor was blamed for physically abusing his second wife, Amber Heard. According to Lori, the Johnny she knew would never be able to hurt a fly, let alone the woman he walked down the aisle with.
Reba McEntire & Narvel Blackstock – Then
The Queen of Country and one of the best-selling artists of all time, Reba McEntire met Narvel Blackstock back in the 80’s when he played steel guitar in her band. Their professional relationship turned into a blossoming romance and the two wed not long after.
Reba McEntire & Narvel Blackstock – Now
Unfortunately, a lifelong relationship was not in the cards for these two. After 26 years of marriage, Blackstock filed for divorce. McEntire, on her end, claimed she did not see the brutal end coming: “The divorce was not my idea. I didn’t want it in any shape, form or fashion, so, it was really hard to make the adjustment when someone’s not happy… I just thought it was the best thing to take my marbles, go play somewhere else.”
Kelly Preston & George Clooney – Then
Before she went on to date and marry John Travolta, Preston and her boyfriend at the time, George Clooney, seemed like a match made in heaven. Putting aside the image of their their very real potential of bringing flawless children into the world, the two genuinely seemed content in their relationship and even lived together for a while. If anyone were to place a safe bet on a glamorous couple who would most likely make it in the long run, it would on be these two.
Kelly Preston & George Clooney – Now
But as the song goes, “all good things must come to an end.” After two consecutive years of dating, Kelly and George decided to part ways. It was then that Kelly met who would become her loving husband to this day – John Travolta – and George would find comfort and his soul mate in British-Lebanese activist and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Clooney and Alamuddin officially wed on August 7, 2014, by the former mayor of Rome and Clooney’s longtime friend, Walter Veltroni, showing good things come to those who wait.
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell – Then
Hollywood’s golden couple met when Hawn interviewed Russell for a role in a movie she was producing. “I thought he was really fun. I liked him because he didn’t have any airs about him,” said Hawn, talking about the first time she laid eyes on Russell. “He’s awfully good looking but he was just a regular guy.” As humble as he might have been, Kurt had one thing on his mind: “When I went over to do something he said, ‘I didn’t realize you had such a nice figure.’”
Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell – Now
Since that first encounter, the pair has gone from strength to strength. It is not in vain that they have received the unofficial title of Hollywood’s most loving couple, having been together for nearly 3.5 decades. However, some things are never good enough for those on the outside looking in, which is why rumors spread about the fact the two refuse to get married. Goldie tackled the matter in one interview, stating: “I like the idea of being his girlfriend and vice versa. I think you don’t demand things.”
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan – Then
After ending a five-year relationship with fellow actor Kevin Bacon, Tracy Pollan met Michael J. Fox on the set of Family Ties, and then again on Bright Lights, Big City. A year after meeting on the latter, the two decided to give their bond a go and started dating.
Michael J. Fox & Tracy Pollan – Now
The two tied the knot on July 16, 1988, and are still married to this day. Michael and Tracy have four children together: the eldest is Sam, followed by twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, and last but not least is Esme, who was born in 2001. The two have had their fair share of bumps along the road such as Michael’s endless battle with Parkinson’s Disease, but it seems as though no matter what, they always come out stronger than ever.
Tom Cruise & Cher – Then
In a relatively recent interview, the world renowned singer and actress ranked Cruise among her top 5 lovers list. When she was asked why he made such a high ranking, the 71-year-old celebrity explained that things got “hot and heavy” pretty quickly between the two of them back in the day. The legendary pop diva even elaborated further on the Oprah Winfrey Show, saying “He was so wonderful, and I was crazy about him.” Quite a surprising match!
Tom Cruise & Cher – Now
Sadly, due to schedule conflicts and busy professional lives, the two called off their love affair. To this day, Cher speaks with great remorse while mentioning the fling that should have lasted, while Cruise keeps his reminiscing to himself. After all, he cannot complain considering he met Mimi Rogers right after breaking things off with Cher, the woman who later became his first wife, not to mention his much-publicized marriage to fellow actress Katie Holmes that was soon to follow.
Drew Barrymore & Corey Feldman – Then
Feldman’s memoir, which is titled “Coreyography,” tells the tale of two child stars who were in an arranged first date. Barrymore’s mother thought the two would make a good match, so she fixed the two of them up when Corey was 14 and her own daughter was only 10 years old. Due to their young age nothing serious happened, but come ’89 the two picked up where they left off. For a while, it seemed as though Drew’s mom may have known what she was talking about after all.
Drew Barrymore & Corey Feldman – Now
But Corey had deeper demons to battle before he could dedicate himself fully to a serious relationship. In his memoir, he also painfully describes his internal battle with illegal substances and his mistreated addiction towards them. Barrymore tried to be there for her boyfriend at the time, but after relapsing several times, she understood there was not much left to save. Although it did not work out for the two romantically, Barrymore went on to have a tremendously successful acting career.
Demi Moore & Bruce Willis – Then
Moore married young, just a little shy of 18. After four years, she divorced her first husband and come November 1987, the talented actress tied the knot with fellow actor Bruce Willis. The two have three daughters together, named Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah. The duo quickly became one of Hollywood’s most prominent power couples, starring in films together and projecting a strong front on a countless amount of magazines. More than anything, Moore and Willis’ relationship was based on friendship.
Demi Moore & Bruce Willis – Now
The year was 1998, and no one saw this break-up coming. There were numerous claims why the two couldn’t make their marriage work, kicking off with “they spent too much time apart” to pointing fingers at the media and its crippling effects when it comes to romance. Once it all fell apart, there was not much to do but move on, which Willis did when he married model Emma Heming – a wedding Moore attended! Demi fell for Ashton Kutcher, who was 16 years younger than her. Unfortunately, this relationship didn’t stick either.
Sean Penn & Madonna – Then
Penn put a ring on Madonna in 1985, but it did not take long until the couple gained a questionable reputation that went hand in hand with an even more obscure nickname – the “Poison Penns.” Their famously tumultuous marriage was littered with bumps along the way, having Sean sentenced to 60 days in jail after he attacked a paparazzo in 1987 and was even accused of domestic assault after multi-millionaire and worldwide renowned musician Madonna was spotted with bruises on her body.
Sean Penn & Madonna – Now
Their relatively short-lived marriage ended on a high note with many of Madonna’s closest friends and family openly contacting the press in order to express how they felt about Penn. Sean went on to marry Robin Wright, and Madonna fell for Guy Ritchie, but both flings ended abruptly, leaving many wondering if Madonna and Penn were still secretly involved. Those rumors spread like wildfire during a charity auction Madonna hosted, in which she agreed to remarry Penn if he was willing to donate $150K.