Bachelor’s Tenley Molzahn Recalls Past Fling With Ben Higgins

There have been loads of Bachelor Nation {couples} that stemmed from contestants hooking up with stars from completely different seasons — and Tenley Molzahn and Ben Higgins aren’t any completely different.

“We positively flirted and talked each day. And I used to be hopeful that he would find yourself not being the Bachelor in order that we might proceed to pursue one thing,” the Bachelor season 14 alum, 38, mentioned on the “She’s All Bach” podcast on Thursday, January 19. “I felt pursued by him. I felt like we had a extremely good friendship, however that it was positively borderline could possibly be one thing else.”

Tenley Molzahn and Ben Higgins.
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Molzahn, who additionally appeared on season 1 of Bachelor Pad and season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise, famous that “there was a chemistry” when she met Higgins, 33, on the Males Inform All for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season in 2015. They subsequently frolicked in Colorado with a gaggle of Bachelor Nation alums.

“The very first thing he mentioned to me within the automobile … was ‘Hey, so I do know that I’m type of placing this on the market that we is perhaps pursuing one thing, however I additionally need you to know that I’m up for being the Bachelor.’ And I mentioned, ‘I do know, I’ve heard all people speaking about it and I’m excited for you,’” she recalled. “However then, yeah, we frolicked. We continued to hang around for a short time, after which got here again to California and we simply continued to speak. And he continued to maintain me part of his journey and type of telling me what was occurring. It was very a lot forwards and backwards factor in my thoughts. … I don’t assume that he was essentially taking part in me or a ton of different ladies at the moment. It was a really emotional factor. And I felt like we walked by means of it collectively.”

ABC in the end picked Higgins to steer season 20 of the collection — and the concept of Molzahn being one of many contestants was floating round.

“I had quite a lot of, like, bizarre textual content messages from [some producers] … in the course of the time of Ben’s season, like, within the center, like, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ And I feel they have been teasing me. I don’t know,” she defined, “However Ben had requested me. … I can’t bear in mind if he requested me, like, a ‘don’t come on’ [kind of way] or [if] he simply mentioned, ‘Will you be approaching my season?’ And I mentioned, ‘No, truly, should you and I are going to hang around later, after the present as a result of it doesn’t work out for you, then you’ll be able to pursue me then. However I don’t need to pursue you. I’m not going again on the present to pursue you.”

Molzahn mentioned the final time they communicated “deliberately” was simply earlier than Higgins was formally named the Bachelor on After Paradise. They bumped into one another once more post-filming when he was secretly engaged to Lauren Bushnell.

“We ended up sitting subsequent to one another at a meal and I simply wished to respect wherever it ended. I figured he would inform me like, ‘I’m not with anyone,’ if he wasn’t with anyone,” she mentioned. “And I simply bear in mind saying, ‘Are you good?’ And [he said] like, ‘Yeah, I’m actually good.’ And I took that for what it was. After which I bear in mind driving with my dad again to our member of the family’s home the place we have been staying and crying and being like, ‘OK, Dad, I want to maneuver on.’”

Again in 2016, Molzahn instructed Us Weekly that she had a “particular relationship” with Higgins.

“It was positively extra informal,” she instructed Us on the time. “We obtained to get to know one another actually, rather well, and he turned an in depth pal, and I really feel like he supported me by means of Bachelor in Paradise airing, after which I used to be supporting him alongside his highway to being the Bachelor.”

Higgins in the end obtained engaged to Bushnell throughout his finale. After lower than two years collectively, the twosome known as it quits. Whereas she went on to marry Chris Lane, welcoming two sons with the nation singer, Higgins wed Jessica Clarke in November 2021.

Molzahn, for her half, married Taylor Leopold in 2018.

“Ben had set a brand new commonplace,” she famous on Thursday. “And I’m so grateful for that as a result of among the traits and qualities that Ben had turned one thing I added to [my] listing. … After which my husband, Taylor, walked into my life. And I used to be like, ‘Oh, you’ve gotten the entire package deal.’”