The Bachelor proposal airs on March 14, but what made it to the screen is just a tiny fraction of what really happened! All the behind-the-scenes secrets from the much-anticipated finale are revealed in the new issue of Life & Style.
Torn between finalists Lauren Bushnell, 26, and JoJo Fletcher, 25, until moments before he had to send one of them home, Ben Higgins broke into tears as he struggled to decide who to pick.
As emotional as he seemed in front of the cameras, insiders say Ben, 26, was far more tense behind the scenes. “He was so nervous and anxious,” an insider tells Life & Style. To ease his nerves, adds the source, Ben “kept on rehearsing his proposal with producers.”
Final two contestants JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
When he finally did pop the question, Ben was sweating for different reasons. Though the landscaped grounds of Rio Chico looked like paradise, being there was miserable.
“He proposed in extreme heat,” reveals another source. “Nov. 18 was the hottest day of the whole week — about 90 degrees. Just stepping outside would make you sweat. It was really uncomfortable for everyone.”
Even worse was Ben’s awkward breakup with his runner-up. Lauren and JoJo — who stayed at opposite ends of the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort — each believed they would get the final rose, and the one who didn’t was devastated by his decision.
While Ben spent his first night with his fiancée at the oceanfront Brown Shuggah villa, his second choice rushed to her room saying she needed to call her mother. “She stayed in her room all night with one of the producers,” the source reveals to Life & Style, “while the rest of the crew had a loud wrap party right outside.”
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