Ben Higgins hopes that his ex-fiancée Lauren Bushnell‘s pleased information closes a chapter in each their lives.
Simply hours after information broke that Bushnell is engaged to nation singer Chris Lane, the previous Bachelor, 30, opened up about his ideas throughout Tuesday’s episode of his “Almost Famous” podcast.
Whereas addressing his ex’s engagement, Higgins stated he was “thrilled” that Bushnell, 29, discovered the person of her goals however hopes that the celebratory occasion will formally “close a chapter” between the previous pair and unlink them for good.
“My life will always be tied at some level to Lauren and Lauren’s to mine, that’s just part of it when you’re engaged for a period of time or when you have a serious relationship at any point in your life,” Higgins started. “You have a piece of them with you.”
“There’s two ways to leave relationships: you leave them angry and resentful, or you leave them knowing it was for the best and the world and life will offer you great things afterward,” he continued. “That’s how Lauren and I left the relationship.”
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Although Higgins acknowledged that their breakup “wasn’t easy” and “broke his heart,” he defined that the previous pair left the connection with no onerous emotions, noting that he “still cares about her and wants what’s best for her.”
“Ultimately, we left that relationship — both of us — I think, saying, ‘I hope life brings you a ton of joy; I don’t want you upset and alone forever. I hope you find a partner as soon as possible. I hope everything that you want in this world that is healthy and good is given to you,’” he shared. “And that’s exactly how I feel.”
Higgins then went on to precise his congratulations to Bushnell on behalf of him and his new girlfriend Jessica Clarke, earlier than leaving listeners with a remaining want of not having his life so intently related to his ex’s.
“Lauren, congratulations. We’re thrilled for you,” he stated. “You found a man that you love without any pressure and… I could not be more excited for you…”
“I hope for Lauren and myself, is that my life isn’t as closely tied to Lauren anymore. I hope that this separates us,” he continued. “I think that it’s great… Lauren has found an amazing man to spend her life with and we’re gonna move on and it’s good for all.”
Added Higgins: “I hope this is a chapter being closed completely because I don’t know Lauren anymore and my life isn’t tied to her.”
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In May 2017, after assembly and falling in love on The Bachelor, Higgins and Bushnell referred to as off their engagement, saying in a press release on the time that “we wish nothing but the best for each other.”
Following his cut up from Bushnell, Higgins stated, “I’m sad. I’m a little confused, a little lost, but I’m doing all right.”
A 12 months later, Bushnell opened up about why she and Higgins broke up throughout an interview with Actuality Steve. “I honestly don’t think there was one main reason,” she stated in June 2018. “I don’t necessarily think at the end of the day we were the most compatible.”
“It wasn’t this bad blood situation or blow-up fight — it’s nothing I can really pinpoint,” she continued. “It just came down to compatibility.”
Bushnell ultimately moved on and began courting Lane, 34, final fall, whereas Higgins started a brand new relationship with Clarke in the direction of the top of 2018.
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On Sunday, Lane popped the query to Bushnell within the yard of her household’s Oregon house, PEOPLE confirmed solely.
Whereas opening up concerning the engagement, Bushnell additionally revealed what she had discovered about love since showing on The Bachelor in 2016 and the way her relationship with Lane is totally different than her time with Higgins.
“I have learned that you first have to know exactly who you are and love yourself first. I also learned that you can’t force things or take it into your own hands to fit your own imagined timeline,” she instructed PEOPLE. “The right one happens so naturally, and effortlessly, and often at the most unexpected time.”
“This relationship feels totally different,” Bushnell added. “Not to say I’m not thankful for past experiences because they all prepared me for this moment and shaped who I am today. I have grown tremendously and I don’t have a single doubt in my mind that I’ll spend the rest of my life with Chris.”