Bachelor Couple Calls It Quits

It's Splitsville for Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2017 2:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – The question in the title of Bachelor spinoff Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? has been answered, and the answer is "No." Reality TV stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, who got engaged during Season 20 of The Bachelor last year, have split up. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," they said in a joint statement to People. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another."

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After meeting on The Bachelor—where Higgins told both finalists that he loved them—the couple moved to Denver, where the spinoff documented their lives and attempts to plan a wedding, which was eventually put on hold, the Hollywood Reporter notes. E! Online reports that there had been breakup rumors for months before the announcement, fueled by posts on social media. (Two female contestants on the Australian version of the show ended up dating each other instead of the bachelor.)

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