‘Bachelor’ Stars Ben Higgins And Lauren Bushnell Split After Over A Year Together

Sadly, another ?Bachelor? couple has ended their engagement. 

Ben Higgins, who starred on Season 20 of the ABC franchise, has officially called it quits with his fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, according to People. The two shared a statement on their split: 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.

Cue lots of tears.

Higgins and Bushnell got engaged ahead of the season premiere of ?The Bachelor? Season 20 in January 2016. Although they had to keep their relationship a secret while the season played out on the air, it was pretty clear that Higgins had a special bond with Bushnell right from the beginning. She beat out runner-up ? and future Bachelorette ? JoJo Fletcher for his heart and a Neil Lane diamond ring. 

Rumors of a split have been floating around for months, but Higgins shot down any speculation with an Instagram post in February. 

In October 2016, the couple revealed they were in couples therapy, with Higgins telling People at the time, ?We?re not the perfect couple. Far from it! But we are trying really hard, and we love each other a lot … ?Bachelor? or not, our life is not easy to navigate. We have our struggles. But we won?t give up. And for every argument, we?re stronger for it.?

The pair, who debuted their own reality series, ?Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,? on Freeform in October, moved in together last April in Denver, Colorado. (Clearly, the show won?t be back for a Season 2, but at least we still have the Ferguson twins!) 

Bushnell, who?s now a lifestyle blogger, hasn?t posted a photo of Higgins in a month. The former Bachelor, however, just shared a picture of his former love last week, writing, ?Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr.? @laurenbushnell continues to spread love while some feel it is their responsibility to spread hate, she is a light in this world. Proud of my gal, @laurenbushnell got me .?

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