Ken and Barbie decided to go their separate ways because they simply fell out of love, according to Barbie's publicist Ken Sunshine. The publicist further clarified that the two broke off on good terms and would remain friends.
Ken and Barbie first met in 1961 on the set of their first TV commercial. Their romance blossomed, and the two have become inseparable for 43 years. There have been rumors regarding other reasons for their breakup, such as Ken's sexuality and the introduction of Blaine, a handsome Aussie surfer, but these stories remain unfounded. The couple did get back together on Valentine's Day 2011, around the same time that they announced their split back in 2004.