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‘Bachelor’ Split! Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell End Engagement

‘Bachelor’ Split! Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell End Engagement
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After a year of dating, “The Bachelor’s” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are over!

In a statement to People magazine, the two said, "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”

Three months ago, Ben set the record straight on breakup rumors after deciding to call off their wedding on the first season of "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After.” At the time, Ben wrote on Instagram, "No need to respond often to rumors or ‘fake news' but the feeling I have in this picture is the same feeling I have for this girl today. We have entered into a world where rumors will exist we know that, but just know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side.”

Ben and Lauren became engaged on the 20th season of “The Bachelor,” which also featured “The Bachlorette’s” JoJo Fletcher.

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