Bachelor Nation is a small world. Ben Higgins and ex-fiancée Lauren Bushnell‘s husband, Chris Lane, competed in the identical charity golf event — and couldn’t keep away from a detailed run-in.
The previous Bachelor, 33, described the expertise throughout the Monday, January 23, episode of “The Most Dramatic Podcast Ever” with Chris Harrison. “We arrived [in Orlando] final Tuesday for this occasion,” Harrison, 51, recalled. “Earlier than I get on the aircraft, I get a textual content message from Ben Higgins within the locker room. … It says Chris Harrison on the locker. It says Ben Higgins on the locker. Subsequent to Ben Higgins is Chris Lane, nation music star.”
The Indiana native acquired engaged to Bushnell, 32, throughout season 20 of the ABC relationship sequence in 2016. One yr later, the truth stars known as it quits. Higgins has since moved on with Jessica Clarke, whom he wed in November 2021.
Bushnell, 32, exchanged vows with Lane, 38, in 2019. The pair have since welcomed sons Dutton, 19 months, and Baker, 3 months.
Higgins confessed that he hasn’t seen his former fiancée since their breakup, however he referred to their relationship as being “an vital season” in his life. The Bachelorette alum added that he thought an encounter with Lane in such shut quarters would really feel “odd.”
“It doesn’t matter what, we’re all adults. So I wasn’t nervous concerning the consequence or how we’d deal with it,” he defined. “I don’t know if anyone on the market — and possibly I’m fallacious — is, like, tremendous jacked to see anyone who they’ve cut up methods with of their life.”
Bushnell didn’t be a part of her husband on the event, however her father was there to assist the “Damaged Windshield View” crooner. Harrison, Higgins and fellow competitor Wells Adams ran into Lane on the bar on their first night time in Florida.
“Straight away, I noticed him. He didn’t see me, he had his head turned,” Higgins recalled. “I walked up and I stated, ‘Hey Chris, good to see you.’ … I’ll inform you, it has been nothing however nice. It’s been good to speak to him.”
The Beneficiant Espresso founder famous that it wasn’t the primary time the pair have chatted — and that he additionally had a second with Bushnell’s father. “Lauren’s dad and I had been capable of catch up,” Higgins stated. “He really stated hello to me … which felt actually good.”
Higgins continued to gush over Lane, including that “it’s been enjoyable” to spend time with the “Huge, Huge Plans” singer. “I’m glad we did it,” the ABC persona stated. “If Lauren comes down tomorrow — and I don’t know if she is or not — and I run into her, it will be good to see her.”
Adams, 38, argued in any other case, whereas Harrison conceded that it most likely wouldn’t be “the dream state of affairs” for Higgins. The “Nearly Well-known” podcast host, in the meantime, joked that he was blissful to supply “content material” for Harrison and his new present.
Because the trio continued to recap their golf journey, Adams introduced up one other “uncomfortable” second involving Lane. Whereas they had been out to dinner, a caddy for the event admitted he wasn’t conversant in the songwriter and appeared him up on the spot.
“He finds an image and he goes, ‘Wow, his spouse’s fairly sizzling! Take a look at her,’” Adams recalled. “[He] factors the cellphone … at me and Ben. And I had this look of utter terror. I used to be like, ‘I don’t know should you’re messing with us or not. … That’s Ben’s ex! That he acquired engaged to on tv!’”
Harrison chimed in: “I assumed, ‘This man’s both the neatest, most genius comic I’ve ever met or he’s the dumbest human being.’ Seems it’s the latter, sadly. … It acquired worse and worse and worse.”
As if the second couldn’t get any extra awkward, Higgins revealed: “To heal it, he finds an image of my spouse and he goes, ‘She’s actually sizzling too!’ I’m like, ‘Dude, cease!’”