Paves and Simpson ham it up for the camera. Kevin Mazur, WireImage for Good Housekeeping

For years Jessica Simpson and her go-to hairstylist Ken Paves have been as inseparable as shampoo and conditioner.

The duo traveled the world, launched a line of hair extensions and even starred together in the singer/actresses' second short-lived reality show, "The Price of Beauty,"

Now, it seems Paves may have have washed the blonde beauty out of his layered tresses for good.

The celebrity hairstylist confirmed that he and Simpson have separated professionally. Sort of. When asked by E! news if the two were at split ends he said, "Yes, but no but...." Paves then stammered a bit and offered up the "we've both been busy" excuse.

Meanwhile, a source tells Us Weekly that the pair did indeed breakup because of Simpson's all-consuming focus on new beau, Eric Johnson.

Paves, the anonymous source claims, has tired of Simpson's treatment of him. "Ken is sick of her cycle of dumping friends when she's with a guy. She smothers guys and they dump her. Then she goes back to Ken," the source told the mag.

Paves was kind about Simpson during an Operation Smile event this week however, telling E!, "Jessica and I have been friends for 12 years" adding their friendship "is always there."

And of course, Paves will still have their bizarre ear candling video to remember her by.

Simpson, the season 8 "Project Runway" guest finale judge, hasn't lost all of her BFFs. See who stepped in to model her new denim line.

And speaking of reality breakups, Rachel Zoe and her sidekick, Brad Goreski have also split.