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13 February, 2004

Ken and Barbie to split?

Okay, I know most boys don't play Barbie, and might wonder who Ken is. Ken is, actually was, Barbie's boyfriend for 43 years. Who do blame? Blaine the Aussie boogie boarder perhaps.

So, like most celebrities, Ken and Barbie are splitting. It is said they will remain good friends. Well, I am not surprised, but is that some sort of suggestions for the young girls? Don't expect relation to last long. (Well, 43 years is very long.)

Next move? A girlfriend for Barbie? Gay Barbies? Let's wait.

The news: Ken and Barbie in love-split (News.com.au, 13th Feb 2004)

A copy of news article, Ken and Barbie in love-split:

AFTER 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up.

The couple's business manager, Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time apart."

"Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end," said Arons, who quickly added that the duo "will remain friends."

Arons denied that there was any truth to rumours that the breakup was linked to the Cali (as in California) Girl Barbie, arriving in stores now. To better reflect her single status, Cali Barbie will wear board shorts and a bikini top, metal hoop earrings, and have a deeper tan.

This new style has already attracted a new admirer, Blaine the Australian boogie boarder.

Barbie - the most popular fashion doll in the world, according to toy maker Mattel - met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Arons hinted yesterday that the separation may be partially due to Ken's reluctance to get married. All those bridal Barbie dolls in toy chests around the globe are really just examples of Barbie's wishful thinking, he explained.

Another possible factor is Barbie's career. The doll who was ``born'' Barbie Millicent Roberts in 1959 has been everything from a rock star to military medic, and she's currently marketed in more than 150 countries.

According to Mattel, every second, three Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world.

So where does that leave Ken? Said Arons: "He will head for other waves."

Posted by Antony on 13 February 2004 12:21 PM | newstalk

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