The Bachelor alum Ben Higgins has some serious advice for new Bachelor, Nick Viall. His fiance, Lauren Bushnell, also has a few things to say to the reality show veteran.
After unsuccessfully finding love on two seasons of The Bachelorette, then going on Bachelor in Paradise, Nick Viall is ready to give it another shot on The Bachelor. In an interview with E! News, Ben Higgins, who also experienced heartache on The Bachelorette, told Viall that the best advice he could give is to be yourself and enjoy the journey.
“Be honest, be open, be ready for one of the most exciting but also most emotionally taxing experiences of your life. Stay true to yourself, and if you do that, at the end of this, no matter what happens, it’ll be worth it,” he said.
His fiance, Lauren Bushnell, however, made things a little bit awkward when she decided to give Viall advice herself.
“Don’t tell two women you love them both. Even if you feel it, just don’t say it,” she said.
In one of the episodes of The Bachelor, Higgins surprised fans when he said “I love you” to two of the final three women, Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher. The Bachelor Nation was surprised with Higgins’ declaration, thinking that he somewhat broke the rules. Higgins, however, insisted that the producers never told him that he couldn’t drop the L-word to any of the contestants.
During The Bachelor’s Women Tell All special, Higgins explained that he went on the reality show with the full intention of being true to himself, and that includes telling the women how he truly feels about them.
“Maybe I’m confused, but when I started this experience no one gave me a playbook or rules to follow. They say, ‘Do this how you think you should do this,’ and you don’t always know the best answer to questions and sometimes you do develop feelings you don’t expect. What I committed to was expressing those feelings, but no one ever said, ‘Don’t do that, don’t do this!'”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Ben Higgins shared that he made the right decision choosing Lauren Bushnell over JoJo Fletcher. The 27-year-old reality star added that he never doubted his love for her, adding that he could not wait to put the past behind him and start the rest of his life with Bushnell.
Although there was a time when he was in love with two women, Higgins insisted his feelings for Bushnell were definitely stronger. He also explained that they addressed the issue “right away” to prevent further conflicts from arising. Even though hearing her fiance admit that he loved two women at the same time on the show was clearly painful, Higgins said Bushnell never left his side.
“Understanding it’s not always easy, right? We’ve put her through hell and back sometimes, but she’s never ceased to love me and support me through it. That’s why we’re standing here today, and I am so excited,” he said.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell recently celebrated their first anniversary. Apart from the wedding plans, the couple is also busy prepping for the premiere of their new Freeform show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?. The spin-off will follow the couple as they prepare for their big day while navigating the real world together. Bushnell assured fans that they will see both the highs and lows of their relationship, adding that they will not hide anything from them.
“We don’t want it to be all just happy and go-lucky, we really want it to be real, and with that, Ben and I are human beings, we have our downs, we have our arguments. I don’t want any of our struggles to be censored. I want it to be very real.”
Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? premieres on October 11 on Freeform.
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