An ideal Ben? Ben Higgins could go down as one of probably the most beloved Bachelors within the historical past of the ABC franchise, however season 20 nonetheless had a fair proportion of drama.
After competing for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s coronary heart on season 11 of The Bachelorette in 2015, the Colorado native went on his personal journey for love and fell for Lauren Bushnell and … JoJo Fletcher. During the season finale, Ben got here underneath hearth when he advised each ladies that he cherished them, however he finally proposed to the flight attendant from Portland, Oregon.
“I do not know if remorse could be the correct phrase, as a result of it is how I felt, which is tousled, and never nice whenever you then break up and suggest to anyone in the identical day,” Ben advised Us Weekly completely in June 2020 about dropping the L-word twice. “I feel on the time I used to be naive sufficient to suppose that it was a technique to reassure them, after they left, that this was the actual deal, that I actually did care about them each. I simply do not suppose I selected the correct phrases, and I do not suppose it was wholesome for the long run and the longevity of both relationship. So, essentially do not remorse it, as a result of it’s how I felt. Don’t suppose it was the wisest factor to do, particularly two days earlier than you broke up with one of them.”
Lauren, who did not know on the time that Ben advised JoJo he cherished her too, accepted a proposal throughout the March 2016 finale.
“It clearly damage … it was quite a bit to absorb,” Lauren advised E! News on the time about Ben and JoJo. “It felt like a punch within the intestine in a manner, however it wasn’t something that made me query him or query our relationship. But it was simply extra like, ‘Ow, that hurts.'”
While the twosome went on to star in their very own Freeform spinoff collection, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, for one season, they referred to as it quits in May 2017.
Three years later, ABC aired a condensed model of season 20 in one-night as an episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! Ben advised Us on the time he would not communicate with Lauren however needs her effectively.
“Not Lauren, we have not talked [about the show re-airing]. She’s married. I’m comfortable for her, and he or she discovered her companion and it would not … I imply, if she reached out saying, ‘Hey, how are you going to deal with this? This is what’s delicate me …’ I’d like to take that decision from her, however I do not suppose I’m wanted on this second for her,” he defined. “JoJo and I are good mates. I’ve quite a bit of respect for her and Jordan. The identical variety of factor, if she has a person and a confidant by her facet that she most likely leans in on. If I noticed her, it might be … I truly noticed her within the airport final yr. It was superior to see her and Jordan collectively, however we do not maintain in shut contact. I feel simply because for me, and possibly for them, it would not be wholesome. It’s not sensible.”
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