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You’ll remember Valentine’s 2004. It was the year that the world’s most famous celebrity couple split, a spokesperson saying that they were to ‘spend some quality time apart’. But it was widely known that Barbie had dumped Ken – her lover of forty-three years – for Blaine, an Australian ‘boogie surf boarder’ she met on a trip to California.
But now, two years on, he’s back. Ken has got back up, dusted himself down (with a little help from the Hollywood stylist Phillip Bloch), and the couple are said to be romantically involved once again. A lot has changed for Ken in the last couple of years – he’s been off on a self-reflection trip around Europe and the far-east, and seems to have matured somewhat, preferring Norah Jones to his pop-filled past, and becoming a bit rougher around the edges, with ripped jeans and unkempt hair. It’s all in sharp contrast to Blaine’s perfected, obsessive self-styling.
So the romance is back on, after a two-year separation. But what’s become of Blaine? Nobody seems to have any comment to make. It seems this home-wrecker has gone into hiding for now, at least. Perhaps he just couldn’t compete – after all, most of us would love to look like Barbie and Ken when we’re in our fifties – perhaps he was already starting to age.
Hmm… What am I doing with my life?