The Bachelor only has six women remaining and a few episodes until the finale; it appears Ben Higgins is breaking all the rules and setting up the most dramatic ending in the history of the show.
The New York Post reminds viewers that Ben is unpredictable, from spontaneous hometown dates, to unexpected exits, it’s clear this year’s Bachelor is playing by his own rules, whether the contestants like it or not.
According to the New York Post, following Monday night’s episode, Ben is showing everyone that he isn’t just there to have fun and to be on a show but instead is competing to find his future wife, and cutting out those ladies who claim otherwise.
After spending time with Leah during an after hours get together, Ben sent her home after she decided to trash talk Lauren instead of getting to know him better.
“I was really hoping that tonight Leah and I would make the most of our time together, but all we’re really doing is talking about Lauren B.,” Ben said, according to New York Post. “The more that Leah talks, the more I realize that there’s a disconnect between the two of us.” Then he added that things just didn’t feel right between him and Leah.
And with each episode getting closer to the finale, Ben admits that everything is getting tougher and tougher in a new teaser that previews the remaining episodes of season 20.
Sources also told Hollywood Life that during one of the most anticipated episodes of The Bachelor, the fantasy suites, in which the cameras leave Ben Higgins alone with each of the remaining contestants, Ben slept with all three finalists.
“Ben was intimate with all the finalists,” an insider told Hollywood Life, a somewhat surprising claim considering that Ben is a devout Christian. And with the intimacy, all three finalists believe they are the frontrunners to walk away as the winner. “The women were all so confident in Ben’s feelings after the fantasy suite dates.”
But an even bigger issue has emerged as the season edges closer to revealing the winner, according to Us Weekly, not only is Ben is love with multiple women on the show, but he also confessed his love to two of them!
It’s a first in the show’s 14-year history, and a source states that the woman that gets rejected in the end is “blindsided” and that the “finale is brutal.”
However, with six contestants remaining, no one can be sure who the final two finalists are, leaving the guessing between single mother, Amanda Stanton, virgin Becca Tilley, real estate developer JoJo Fletcher, flight attendant Lauren Bushnell, software sales rep Caila Quinn and twin Emily Ferguson.
It was during the time spent in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the scene of the fantasy suite, a source told Us Weekly, that Ben confessed his love for two of the remaining three women.
“Ben was just following his heart,” Mike Fleiss, the show’s creator said. “But it caused considerable drama.”
And according to multiple sources, Ben recognized the gravity of the situation after eliminating a contestant, narrowing it down to the two woman he confessed his love for.
“Ben definitely regretted saying ‘I love you’ to both women,” the source said. “He realized the inevitability of what was going to happen: needing to send one home in the end.”
The insider also provided Us Weekly details of the heart-wrenching talk Ben has with the runner-up. “Ben tells her that he truly does love her. He says those weren’t just words. That was the most important thing he had to do: Tell her that as much of a mistake as it had been to say ‘I love you,’ he did mean it.” The insider continued saying that the runner-up was “devastated” and that “there was a lot of tears.”
In the promo, Ben says that he is in love with two women and that he had to say goodbye to a woman that didn’t deserve it.
Holding back tears, he says, “I don’t want to say goodbye because that’s how much I love her. I’m about to get on one knee and ask a woman to marry me, but unfortunately, I just love somebody else, more.”
The Bachelor airs Monday nights on ABC.
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