Updated: 12:53 PM EST
Barbie and Ken 'Split' After 43 Years
Toymaker Says 'Romance Has Come to an End,'
But They 'Will Remain Friends'
By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, APNEW YORK (Feb.
Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken.
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 rumors 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 already has attracted a new admirer, Blaine the Australian
Barbie met Ken on the set of a TV commercial in 1961. 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
Arons hinted Wednesday that the separation may be partially due to Ken's
reluctance to getting married. All those bridal Barbie dolls in toy chests
around the globe are really just examples of Barbie's wishful thinking,
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