Lauren Bushnell found fairy-tale romance with Ben Higgins on Season 20 of “The Bachelor.” Everything seemed perfect — she had the sparkling engagement ring, the final rose, and most importantly, the prized man.
Even ABC thought the two were an unbreakable pair; earlier this year, the network tapped Higgins and Bushnell to host Freeform TV’s “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.”
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) May 7, 2017
Unfortunately, Bushnell and Higgins were never able to have a fairy tale wedding of their own. In May, the reality star alums announced they had thrown in the rose and terminated their engagement.
They revealed their news to go their “separate ways” in a joint statement:
“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.”
The announcement comes after months of rumors that the two were not as happy as they appeared on social media. Sources close to the couple told Us Weekly that the love birds “don’t get along” and would be better apart.
But now, Bushnell is speaking out on her own.
The former flight attendant told People that while there was no doubt she had a physical connection with Higgins, it was obvious that something else was missing.
Over the course of a year, their emotional compatibility disappeared:
“It was more so the emotional connection that fizzled.”
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She added that pressures from filming their subsequent reality show, “Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?” put a signifiant strain on their partnership:
“During filming Happily Ever After, I was so stressed out, we couldn’t even communicate with one another when we were filming Happily Ever After. We were just stressed and tired physically. Emotionally, I just felt like it wasn’t there anymore.”
Higgins recently echoed Bushnell’s sentiments in his new podcast, “The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous”:
“I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there.”
Higgins argued that although the two weren’t forcing their relationship, their split was “a long time coming.”