Bachelor Nation first met Higgins when he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart on season 11 of The Bachelorette. After ending in third place, ABC named the Colorado native the season 20 Bachelor.
Higgins subsequently got down on one knee and proposed to Bushnell during the March 2016 finale. The duo, who landed their very own spinoff, Ben and Lauren: Fortunately Ever After?, called it quits in Could 2017.
“I’d say the enjoyment that we felt towards our relationship at first was — for some cause — slipping away,” Higgins revealed on his “Almost Famous” podcast at the time. “And we have been each working very onerous to carry that pleasure again. And it simply by no means appeared to get there. So it was a very long time coming however it wasn’t essentially like we dragged it out. … It’s onerous to say goodbye to someone that you just spent a lot time with and it’s onerous to say goodbye to someone that you just actually did consider was The One.”
Whereas Higgins returned to actuality TV to compete on The Bachelor: Winter Games in 2018, he give up the spinoff with out a love connection. By the tip of that yr, nonetheless, Higgins met Clarke through Instagram.
“She’s a really sort, pure, emphatic and supportive particular person basically. 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 nicely. So I’m very completely satisfied.”
The pair’s relationship bought critical fast.
“We’re nice. It’s enjoyable. It’s simply wholesome … I feel she would say the identical. Our relationship is wholesome,” Higgins informed Us in January 2020. “I’m a greater model of myself, a extra free model of myself than I’ve been shortly.”
“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 through Instagram. “This weekend I requested Jessica to provide me the distinction of being her accomplice for all times. She stated YES! I now formally have essentially the most lovely, kind-hearted, supportive, well-intentioned particular person to spend life with! Our adventurous experience by way of life collectively is simply beginning.”
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