Ben Higgins and his fiance, Lauren Bushnell's new show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, has pushed the former Bachelor couple back in the spotlight for better or for worse.
Now, a new report indicates that Ben and Lauren may appear on another reality show, WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, a move that the New York Post states would help them capitalize on their fame.
Ben has already admitted that he and Lauren are still getting to know each other, telling Us Weekly that their new relationship has had some "rocky edges at times." And that's a no-brainer considering they only dated briefly in front of cameras before getting engaged on national TV.
"One has to worry whether these two are a step away from WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars," writes the NY Post's Jaclyn Hendricks. "Assuming they make it to the altar in the first place, of course... but a life in front of the cameras could derail that."
E! News reports that the couple has already admitted to going to therapy sessions as a "preventative measure" as they navigate life as an engaged couple. But speculation that their next stop is Marriage Boot Camp has now created some questions about the authenticity of their relationship. Are their off-camera therapy sessions not enough?
Although there is no confirmation that they will appear on Marriage Boot Camp, if Ben and Lauren are considering getting paid to bare their relationship problems on national TV are they just riding the money train until either their relationship fizzles out or their bank account is fat enough to allow them to build a bigger home?
After all, former Bachelor in Paradise stars Jade and Tanner Tolbert are now building a massive home thanks in part to the cash they are bringing in from their appearance on the current season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.And let's not forget the money Jade and Tanner have made from constant product endorsements on social media, their TV wedding that was broadcast on ABC's Bachelor at 20 special earlier this year, and their recent guest appearance on Bachelor in Paradise 3.
It's not clear how much Jade and Tanner were paid for their television appearances, but Us Weekly states that they are on track to make over $1 million this year from product endorsements alone.
So, that brings us back to Ben and Lauren. After their new Happily Ever After show premiered on Freeform last week, the couple has been spending more time than ever on social media promoting their show, Lauren's lifestyle blog, and trying to convince fans that their relationship will end in marriage.This is quite a change from the couple who told Us Weekly that they didn't watch JoJo Fletcher's season of the Bachelorette because they wanted to focus on their relationship.
And prior to that, they revealed during an interview with AOL Build that the last thing they wanted after finding love on the Bachelor was to "chase fame" and stated that they decided to turn down paid opportunities that were coming their way, including a Dancing with the Stars gig.
"That show is great but it's nice to be with her [Lauren]... the one thing I don't want out of this is to chase fame... our main goal is to concentrate on us, we want to celebrate this."Going back to their jobs as a software analyst (Ben) and a flight attendant (Lauren) — as well as getting a dog — were on their post-engagement to-do list, in addition to planning a wedding that they then said would happen in "2016 or very early 2017.
Although Ben is shown at his job at Talisys in Denver during the premiere episode of Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, it's not clear if he is still working there since they have been spending much of the last few months filming the show.
Lauren recently told ET that she "hasn't been on actually been on an airplane" to work as a flight attendant since she filmed The Bachelor. Instead, she decided to start a blog, just like many former Bachelor franchise stars (Ali Fedotowsky, Jillian Harris, Kaitlyn Bristowe) have done.
Will Ben and Lauren continue to cash in on their new-found fame by saying, "yes" to more reality shows like Marriage Boot Camp? And will they end up getting married on a paid TV special or will the pressure from staying in the spotlight too long lead to their breakup?
.@BenHiggi & @LaurenBushnell3 interviewing each other got really adorable really fast. pic.twitter.com/Gwb4delX4j[Featured Image By Disney/ ABC Press]
— The Insider (@TheInsider) October 12, 2016