Ben Higgins Reveals Struggles and Ultimate Split with Lauren Bushnell Lane

Ben Higgins shares on a podcast the struggles and end of his engagement to Lauren Bushnell Lane.

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushell Lane. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TODD ANDERSON/FREEFORM VIA GETTY)
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushell Lane. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, TODD ANDERSON/FREEFORM VIA GETTY)

Ben Higgins, a notable alum from “The Bachelor,” has opened up about the challenges and eventual dissolution of his engagement to Lauren Bushnell Lane.

During a candid and conversation on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, Higgins shared the difficulties they faced, likening their relationship to being “work associates” before calling off their wedding.

Higgins, 35, and Bushnell Lane, 34, became engaged during the 20th season of “The Bachelor,” a journey that seemed magical on screen but was fraught with complications behind the scenes.

Despite their public personas and the initial excitement of their engagement, the couple’s relationship began to deteriorate soon after they started filming their spinoff series, “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?”

Lauren Bushnell Lane and Ben Higgins. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE)
Lauren Bushnell Lane and Ben Higgins. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JOHN LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE)

The podcast episode aired on May 28, where Higgins detailed their struggles to hosts Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt, both Bachelor in Paradise alums.

According to Higgins, the couple was barely speaking and had started couples counseling in an attempt to salvage their relationship. The intervention, however, proved insufficient.

Higgins recalled a pivotal moment when former “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison asked them if they wanted their wedding to be televised.

This question came at a particularly challenging time, as they were already in couples counseling and trying to work through significant issues. “We were not doing it. I mean, we were butting heads,” Higgins admitted. “We were already kind of not talking.”

Their relationship dynamic had shifted drastically. Higgins described how they were living together but had minimal interaction beyond what was necessary for the show.

Ben Higgins. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GETTY IMAGES)
Ben Higgins. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GETTY IMAGES)

“We were kind of more work associates,” he said. “We weren’t really speaking to each other off camera because the cameras would leave at nine o’clock we’d be exhausted.

I might be having to go to work the next day. She would be doing her thing with her job, and so she was still flying as a flight attendant a little bit and we’d just be like, dead tired.”

This lack of communication continued to erode their relationship. Higgins revealed that they hadn’t genuinely talked in weeks, and the offer to televise their wedding only added to the pressure.

Despite agreeing initially, they both realized during one of the final episodes of their spinoff that they were not going to get married. This epiphany was a significant turning point.

Jessica Clarke and Ben Higgins. (PHOTO: BEN HIGGENS/INSTAGRAM)

The day after filming wrapped for their series, Higgins and Bushnell Lane had a conversation that would seal their fate.

They mutually agreed that their relationship was over and recognized it was not healthy for either of them to continue. “It was done,” Higgins said. “It was not healthy for us.”

The end of their engagement marked a new chapter for both. Higgins later found love with Jessica Clarke, whom he married in November 2021. Reflecting on his wedding day, Higgins expressed his joy and contentment.

“Here I had my best friend standing in front of me glowing with beauty. I am so lucky to commit my life to hers,” he told PEOPLE. He expressed a sense of acceptance and love, hoping to start a family with Clarke in the near future.

Similarly, Bushnell Lane moved on and married country singer Chris Lane in October 2019. The couple has since welcomed two sons, Baker and Dutton Walker, building a happy family life together.

Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JEFF KRAVITZ/FILMMAGIC)
Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JEFF KRAVITZ/FILMMAGIC)

Higgins’ revelations provide a rare glimpse into the reality behind the reality TV facade. While their journey on “The Bachelor” and subsequent spinoff painted a picture of romance and fairy-tale endings, the truth was far more complex.

Their story underscores the challenges that couples can face, even when under the public eye, and the importance of recognizing when a relationship is no longer healthy.

Ultimately, both Higgins and Bushnell Lane have found happiness in their respective new relationships. Their experiences serve as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the possibility of finding love after heartache.

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