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'Bachelor' Nation Is Mourning Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell's Break Up

By: Nicki G.

May 16, 2017

While you’re sipping on your Pinot tonight, take a second to pour a little out for Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor.

They have officially called it quits. They issued a statement to PEOPLE Magazine this week that said they were going their separate ways. The couple plans to remain friends, and they asked for privacy right now. 

There have been talks of their relationship being on the verge of splitsville for a while. A few months back, Ben shot down rumors by posting a snuggly pic on Instagram with Lauren with a pretty direct comment: 

No need to respond often to rumors or "fake news" but the feeling I have in this picture is the same feeling I have for this girl today. We have entered into a world where rumors will exist we know that, but just know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side.

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Remember their super boring show that was Freeform TV? Ben didn’t want to “rush into things” and postponed their wedding on that show. Yeah... that was pretty awkward.

Farewell, Ben and Lauren! I'm sure we'll see one (or both of you) on Bachelor in Paradise.