Though it seems that Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell may be headed for a breakup after Higgins got cold feet on their reality show Happily Ever After, the engaged couple from The Bachelor season 20 insists that they are still together.
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“That’s one of the things that’s great about doing a show post-Bachelor, it really does highlight the confusion that life is and trying to get to know each other post-show, and trying to figure out how to get married and make everything work in everybody’s best interest,” Higgins told Entertainment Tonight. “We are together, happier than ever — no plans to break up!”
On Tuesday’s episode of Happily Ever After, Higgins called off their wedding because he needed time to feel comfortable with the idea of marriage, leaving Busnell devastated. The couple eventually made up by the end of the episode but speculations about their imminent split also surfaced. Still, the 28-year-old reality star doesn’t regret what he said.
“We’re in one of the best places we’ve ever been in our relationship – probably the best place,” he explained. “We’re feeling less stressed. We’re feeling less pressured. We’re able to laugh and smile more. … That decision at that point led us to every decision we’ve made to get to today.”
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As for Bushnell, she acknowledges the importance of not rushing into things and is grateful for getting a chance to go to Turks and Caicos to spend some time away from the cameras.
“We both came back just clearly refreshed, at ease and we really needed it,” Bushnell says. “Sometimes you have to listen to your relationship, listen to each other and yourself, and know — hey, we need some time here. Thankfully we’re blessed enough that we get to take a vacation. … It was exactly what we needed. The adventure aspect of it all and doing things together, paddling, snorkeling — we kind of hit the reset button.”
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