‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins Splits with Fiancée Lauren Bushnell
The couple, who met during Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, have ended their engagement after a year together.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” the says in a statement to People. “We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”
In 2016, Higgins, 29, chose Bushnell, 27, over future Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher on the season finale of The Bachelor. During his run, the Denver native caused a little controversy when he told both finalists that he loved them during the Fantasy Suites episode.
Six months after The Bachelor, Higgins and Bushnell starred in their own Freeform reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?. At the time, the two faced breakup rumors and admitted to undergoing couples counseling at their church.
“There are so many weird elements to being in a relationship after The Bachelor,” Bushnell told People. “We’ve gotten in arguments like any other couple, but about some things that other couples wouldn’t have to fight about, like the fact that we met when he was dating other women. You can say that’s what I signed up for, but it’s still real life and it’s still hard.”