Mattel says the perfect couple is breaking up, according to an article by Samantha  Critchell at RedOrbit.com.  Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, speaking as Barbie and Ken’s “business manager”, said the couple “feel it’s time to spend some quality time – apart.”

“Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end,” said Arons.  But the couple “will remain friends.”

The separation, after 43 years together, may be due to Ken’s reluctance to getting married.   And Barbie, who is 50 now, still has all those bridal clothes.