As one of a ABC franchise’s many new fiancés, a news has left Bachelor Nation disorder — but, as many fans know, Higgins, 29, and Bushnell, 27, have faced their fair share of hurdles from a get-go. Here’s a demeanour behind during a former couple’s attribute timeline.
A Controversial Proposal
Software salesman Higgins met Bushnell, a moody attendant, on deteriorate 20 of The Bachelor, that premiered in Jan 2016. Higgins eventually offering his final rose and proposed to Bushnell — though not though debate after he famously told both finalists, Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher, that he desired them during the Fantasy Suites episode. (A big no-no, and a initial time it has happened in a franchise’s history.)
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Of Higgins’ stipulation of adore to both women, Bushnell told PEOPLE exclusively at a time that “post-filming was some-more of an romantic drum coaster than a tangible show.”
“I tumble some-more in adore with Ben any day, and it’s tough to apart what happened prolonged ago and my stream feelings,” she said. “It’s confusing. It does wear on me.”
Bushnell said the dual had a heart-to-heart review after their Jamaican engagement, in that Higgins certified he had told Fletcher he desired her — though Bushnell “hadn’t dripping it in or done clarity of it yet,” she said. “I was still on a high from removing engaged.”
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Of examination a uncover back, Bushnell certified “it hurts.”
“It’s like, given did we have to go by that hurt?” she said. “It’s already a few months of problem and tears, and afterwards to have to bargain with it again. It’s hard.”
Higgins, meanwhile, told PEOPLE he couldn’t apologize “for being honest or expressing what we suspicion was a best thing to demonstrate during a time.”
“Don’t get us wrong. Throughout this whole uncover airing and conversations we’ve had about decisions and life, it hasn’t always been easy,” he continued. “But it’s combined a whole new turn to a relationship. And [the uncover ultimately] led me to this lady who we adore deeply. She’s a usually lady I’ll adore from now on.”
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“Ben is a many bargain and empathetic, supportive, and a good listener,” combined Bushnell. “Anytime we do feel things, we demonstrate them and he listens and we speak about it.”
PEOPLE also held adult with a integrate half a year later, and Bushnell admitted she was “really indignant for being blindsided” for “a prolonged time.”
“I was heartbroken,” she said. “And that rancour and annoy influenced a attribute most longer than it should have.”
Higgins also acknowledged what happened with Fletcher had put a serious strain on a relationship.
“I demeanour behind during a day we got engaged, and there is a cloud over it given we unequivocally did harm Lauren,” he said. “Instead of being means to burst into a unequivocally happy time, a initial few months of a attribute consisted of problem and strain.”
The integrate did their best to overcome their issues together, and shortly following a Mar deteriorate finale, Bushnell altered to Higgins’ hometown of Denver after going public with their engagement.
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“Everything that happened led me to Lauren,” Higgins told PEOPLE exclusively during a time. “I couldn’t be happier.”
“It was all value it,” combined Bushnell. “I conclude him some-more any day.”
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Back on a Small Screen
Last October, Higgins and Bushnell returned to a tiny screen for one deteriorate of their Freeform existence show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, that chronicled a couple’s life during home given removing engaged.
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But it wasn’t all rainbows and roses — the reality uncover explored some of their challenges, too, including lingering trust issues from a play with Fletcher. In a deteriorate premiere, Higgins and Bushnell both certified that Higgins revelation both women he desired them had had led to “arguments” and “resentment,” and that while they had moved on, it was tough for Bushnell to hoop it constantly being brought adult in a media and pointless strangers in a street.
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Ahead of a Happily Ever After? premiere, a dual revealed exclusively to PEOPLE that they were undergoing couples conversing during their church.
“We’re not a ideal couple,” Higgins said. “Far from it! But we are perplexing unequivocally tough and we adore any other a lot.”
“There are so many uncanny elements to being in a attribute after The Bachelor,” said Bushnell. “We’ve gotten in arguments like any other couple, though about some things that other couples wouldn’t have to quarrel about, like a fact that we met when he was dating other women. You can contend that’s what we sealed adult for, though it’s still genuine life and it’s still hard.”
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To assistance beam them by a process, Higgins and Bushnell motionless to undergo the counseling.
“We wish to get a substructure that is healthy and pristine and honest, with some assistance from a mediator,” pronounced Higgins. “Bachelor or not, a life is not easy to navigate. We have a struggles. But we won’t give up. And for any argument, we’re stronger for it.”
“Even confronting situations we didn’t know if we could handle, using divided was never an choice for me,” combined Bushnell. “I am so committed to Ben. we adore him so most and during a finish of a day, we wish to spend my life with him.”
Wedding Plans on Hold
Higgins and Bushnell aways confirmed they were “not in any rush” to tie a knot.
“We’re both prepared to get married, though we haven’t set a date given we wish to make certain we’re not doing it for anyone though ourselves,” Bushnell told PEOPLE final October.
“It doesn’t contend anything about cold feet or second thoughts,” pronounced Higgins. “We only wish to do it on a possess terms. And we wish to be engaged. We don’t wish to demeanour behind when we’re 50 and consider we could have enjoyed this time more.”
“We only wish to do it on a possess terms,” he added. “I only wish to demeanour over during Lauren and know that she is totally filled with fun in that moment. … Love is what life is all about.”
But in a Nov part of Happily Ever After?, a dual took things a step further, divulgence that their marriage was indefinitely deferred as they focused on operative on their relationship.
“We’re still intent and we’re still together,” Higgins explained. We are building a substructure and we’re holding any day one step during a time. That’s what I’m vehement about.”
Recent Breakup Rumors
In February, Higgins took to Instagram to address rumors that a dual had damaged up.
“No need to respond mostly to rumors or ‘fake news’ though a feeling we have in this design is a same feeling we have for this lady today,” he captioned a print of a dual on one of their Bachelor dates.
“We have entered into a universe where rumors will exist we know that,” he continued. “But only know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow we am still intensely propitious to be means to share life with her and be by her side.”
No need to respond mostly to rumors or “fake news” though a feeling we have in this design is a same feeling we have for this lady today. We have entered into a universe where rumors will exist we know that, though only know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow we am still intensely propitious to be means to share life with her and be by her side.
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A few days later, Bushnell common her possess print of a two.
“We ain’t ideal though we tryin,” she captioned a post.
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Calling It Quits
On Monday, a two announced their apart exclusively to PEOPLE with a corner statement.
“It is with complicated hearts that we announce a preference to go a apart ways,” they said. “We feel advantageous for a time we had together, and will sojourn friends with most adore and honour for one another. We wish zero though a best for any other, and ask for your support and bargain during this time.”