An ideal Ben? Ben Higgins might go down as probably the most beloved Bachelors within the historical past of the ABC franchise, however season 20 nonetheless had a justifiable share 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. In the course of the season finale, Ben got here underneath hearth when he advised each ladies that he liked them, however he in the end proposed to the flight attendant from Portland, Oregon.
“I don’t know if remorse can be the correct phrase, as a result of it’s how I felt, which is tousled, and never nice once 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 believe on the time I used to be naive sufficient to suppose that it was a method to reassure them, after they left, that this was the true deal, that I actually did care about them each. I simply don’t suppose I selected the correct phrases, and I don’t suppose it was wholesome for the long run and the longevity of both relationship. So, essentially don’t 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 in all them.”
Lauren, who didn’t know on the time that Ben advised JoJo he liked her too, accepted a proposal in the course of the March 2016 finale.
“It clearly damage … it was quite a bit to absorb,” Lauren advised E! Information on the time about Ben and JoJo. “It felt like a punch within the intestine in a approach, nevertheless it wasn’t something that made me query him or query our relationship. Nevertheless it was simply extra like, ‘Ow, that hurts.’”
Whereas the twosome went on to star in their very own Freeform spinoff collection, Ben and Lauren: Fortunately Ever After?, for one season, they referred to as it quits in Might 2017.
Three years later, ABC aired a condensed model of season 20 in one-night as an episode of The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons — Ever! Ben advised Us on the time he doesn’t be in contact with Lauren however needs her properly.
“Not Lauren, we haven’t talked [about the show re-airing]. She’s married. I’m completely satisfied for her, and he or she discovered her associate and it wouldn’t … I imply, if she reached out saying, ‘Hey, how are you going to deal with this? That is what’s delicate me …’ I’d like to take that decision from her, however I don’t suppose I’m wanted on this second for her,” he defined. “JoJo and I are good associates. I’ve quite a lot of respect for her and Jordan. The identical sort of factor, if she has a person and a confidant by her aspect that she in all probability leans in on. If I noticed her, it will be … I truly noticed her within the airport final 12 months. It was superior to see her and Jordan collectively, however we don’t preserve in shut contact. I believe simply because for me, and possibly for them, it wouldn’t be wholesome. It’s not sensible.”
The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons — Ever! airs Mondays on ABC at eight p.m. ET.
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