The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Break Up

Shocker! Well…not really. The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell have called it quits. Via Entertainment Weekly:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” they tell PEOPLE in a 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 couple met on Higgins’ The Bachelor season, which premiered in January 2016. Higgins offered his final rose and proposed to Bushnell, but not without a little controversy. He told both both finalists — Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher — that he loved them during the Fantasy Suites episode. Oops.

Bushnell moved to Higgins’ hometown of Denver shortly after The Bachelor season finale which aired in March 2016. So, they lasted a little over a year.

Six months later, the couple returned to reality TV for one season of their Freeform reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?

Ahead of the premiere, the two told People that they were undergoing couples counseling at their church: “We’re not the perfect couple,” Higgins said. “Far from it! But we are trying really hard and we love each other a lot.”

“There are so many weird elements to being in a relationship after The Bachelor,” said Bushnell. “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.”

On May 7, Freeform hosted a special featuring the couple titled Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings. The 90-minute special gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the unique weddings and engagements that take place at Disney Destinations around the world.

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