Bachelor no more! Ben Higgins, one of the all-time fan-favorite stars of The Bachelor, took to Instagram on February 20 to reveal his new girlfriend to the world. The brunette beauty — whose name is Jessica Clarke — is the first woman he’s introduced as his girlfriend since breaking off his engagement with Lauren Bushnell in May 2017. So what makes this lady so special? We have all the deets!
How Did Ben and Jessica Meet?
Ben, 29, shared their love story while announcing his new romance on Instagram. “I’ve been selfishly keeping this girl to myself for too long!” he wrote beside a cuddly pic. “Hey friends meet @jessclarke_! I successfully slid into her DMs a few months ago. I took a risk and I am glad I did. She is someone special, and I look forward to where life is going to take us. Stay tuned for the journey.”
How Serious Are They?
In his announcement, Ben also revealed that the photo was taken in Honduras while on a “Generous Coffee adventure.” If she’s willing to travel the world with him after just a few months, it sounds pretty serious to us! He even discussed the idea of another engagement while chatting with Life & Style about his new partnership with The Wedding Party recently.
“Whenever the time is right [I’ll get engaged again],” Ben revealed. “You know I think for me that’s an exciting step in life and so yeah, whenever the time is right I would definitely be excited about that possibility.” It looks like they might be on that path!
Why Did Ben Keep Jessica a Secret?
Ben was just trying to protect his budding relationship. “I’m not going to say much about it right now, just for my own … I am dating but it’s mostly … I’m not saying much just because I want to try to keep this as normal as possible for as long as possible,” he stuttered. Fair enough!
What Does Ben Like About Jessica?
He hasn’t said much specifically about her, but when we asked what he looks for in a mate, he said this: “You know, I think confidence. Empathy would be the one that I would be most kind of attracted to — just having empathy towards not only our relationship but also others around them. And just that partner. But I think empathy but be the one word to describe.”
It probably helps that Jessica appears to be fairly religious and even mentions a bible verse in her Instagram bio. “Thessalonians 5:16,” she said, which references this line: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Ben discussed his love of God following his season on Bachelor, so we’re sure he loves that they share that interest.
What Does Jessica Do for Work?
Jessica seems to be about 23 years old, based on social media birthday wishes and the fact that she graduated from college in May 2018. That would make Ben six years older than her at 29, but she’s still a strong woman with a killer career. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications, and currently works as a key account manager. It seems like she’s totally willing to hustle, too, because she promotes her account for a child care website on her Insta as well. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this adorable couple.