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World’s most famous couple together again


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Barbie, Blaine, KenYou’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?

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