Ben Higgins might have given his ultimate rose to Lauren Bushnell, however he discovered lasting love with Jessica Clarke.
Bachelor Nation first met Higgins when he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s coronary heart on season 11 of The Bachelorette. After ending in third place, ABC named the Colorado native the season 20 Bachelor.
Higgins subsequently received down on one knee and proposed to Bushnell through the March 2016 finale. The duo, who landed their very own spinoff, Ben and Lauren: Fortunately Ever After?, referred to as it quits in Might 2017.
“I might say the enjoyment that we felt towards our relationship firstly was — for some motive — slipping away,” Higgins revealed on his “Virtually Well-known” podcast on the time. “And we have been each working very laborious to convey that pleasure again. And it simply by no means appeared to get there. So it was a very long time coming but it surely wasn’t essentially like we dragged it out. … It’s laborious to say goodbye to anyone that you just spent a lot time with and it’s laborious to say goodbye to anyone that you just actually did imagine was The One.”
Whereas Higgins returned to actuality TV to compete on The Bachelor: Winter Video games in 2018, he give up the spinoff with no love connection. By the top of that 12 months, nevertheless, Higgins met Clarke via Instagram.
“She’s a really sort, pure, emphatic and supportive individual generally. And he or she’s not solely like that to me. I’m a part of that, however she’s like that to everyone round her,” Higgins gushed to Us in April 2019. “She challenges me to be extra empathetic, extra loving, extra caring, extra sort as effectively. So I’m very comfortable.”
The pair’s relationship received critical fast.
“We’re nice. It’s enjoyable. It’s simply wholesome … I believe she would say the identical. Our relationship is wholesome,” Higgins advised Us in January 2020. “I’m a greater model of myself, a extra free model of myself than I’ve been shortly.”
Higgins proposed to Clarke in March 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“From my first date in life to the moments in between all of them led me to getting down on one knee in entrance of you @jessclarke_,” he wrote on the time by way of Instagram. “This weekend I requested Jessica to provide me the respect of being her associate for all times. She stated YES! I now formally have essentially the most stunning, kind-hearted, supportive, well-intentioned individual to spend life with! Our adventurous experience via life collectively is simply beginning.”
Earlier than they stated “I do” in November 2021, Higgins detailed what was in retailer for his and Clarke’s marriage ceremony solely with Us. “We would like it to be a celebration as quickly as you stroll via the door. We’re not having a sit-down dinner,” he shared, including that they’d have loads of “COVID-19 pleasant” meals stations, together with pizza, wraps, nachos and extra.
He continued: “We are going to do our conventional dances, however we needed individuals simply transferring and grooving for the reception and one of many massive catalysts to that was I imagine that we now have the most effective marriage ceremony band on this planet — Taylor Tempo Orchestra.”
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