Everyone has an opinion on Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell‘s now-defunct relationship. That includes other contestants from the 2016 Bachelor season. While catching up with Olivia Caridi, the health and wellness expert got candid exclusively with Life & Style, revealing her true feelings about the moment when Ben, 29, picked Lauren, 27, in the finale.

“I do think Ben made the right choice that he wanted to make in picking Lauren, and I could see the connection even when I was filming with the two of them and knew they were smitten with each other,” she exclusively revealed.

Although Lauren and Ben’s relationship has come to an abrupt end — with Lauren facing criticism after quickly moving on with new beau Devin Antin — Olivia stands by Ben’s choice. “Yes, they didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean his choice was wrong,” Olivia continued. “I’m sure they learned so much about each other and about themselves in a relationship like that and they can both use that experience in their future relationships.”

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Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell celebrating their now called-off engagement.

“As far as Lauren’s timetable for moving on, I don’t think there’s a limit of time that it takes to find someone new,” she continued. “She’s clearly happy, and honestly, they both seem lighter and more happy in the photos I’ve seen since moving on.

Understandably, Lauren’s new relationship was a bit harder for her ex-fiancé Ben to digest. The former Bachelor told Us Weekly the news drove him to prayer. “I decided to go for a run. I was praying the whole time like, ‘God, please release some anxiety,'” he said. “I stopped and thought, if I’m the man I claim I want to be, then I need to celebrate Lauren. So if she’s happy, I will celebrate that the best I can.”


Celebrating and being happy for each other is a sentiment Olivia echoes. “We should all just want them to be happy and not worry about who she’s seeing or how long it takes for him to see someone new,” Olivia concluded.

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