The Bachelor curse continues — and Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are the latest victims.
Despite Ben’s pledge that he was still with his fiancée after breakup rumors surfaced last week, sources reveal to Life & Style that the couple has in fact split.
“Ben and Lauren’s relationship has been crumbling since before the holiday season, and now they have officially called it quits,” says a source. “It’s only a matter of time before they announce it.”
So what happened between Ben, 28, and Lauren, 27?
“They couldn’t agree on many life decisions,” the source explains. “Ben was constantly trying to make Lauren love life in Colorado, and Lauren couldn’t stand it. She missed LA and wanted to move back, but knew that wasn’t an option.”
Recently, Lauren was spotted on a trip to Mexico without Ben, or her engagement ring, forcing Ben to reassure fans on Instagram.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
However, the reality stars have been having problems for months, and last year Life & Style reported they were faking their relationship for their reality show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?
“They had been putting on a front for months, pretending to be happy for the show, and Lauren got sick of it,” the insider says. “She got sick of sitting at home being an ‘almost housewife’ to Ben.”
The source continued, “Lauren wishes she could have found her happily ever after,” the insider adds, “but she’s thankful she didn’t air a fake wedding to the whole world.”
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