Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell Have Officially Called It Quits

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell

In what has to be about the least surprising breakup to come out of Bachelor/Bachelorette history, the news finally broke today that Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell have split. (Cue the violins.)


The couple released a statement to People, which simply 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.

Boom. Pretty standard stuff.

And while it's unfortunate that the two of them couldn't make things work for the long haul, we'd be lying if we said we thought they'd actually make it to the altar.

Oh come on -- right before Ben proposed to Lauren, he professed his love for JoJo Fletcher, so it's clear that the poor dude was more than a little confused as to whose finger he should put that Neil Lane sparkler on.

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And then during the course of the reality show he and Lauren did together after The Bachelor, there was that whole scene with her crying after he told her he wasn't ready to get married -- so this breakup has kind of been in the realm of possibility for quite some time. Plus, well ... Bachelor romances don't exactly have the best track record for success. #truth

And while Ben and Lauren will probably both want to enjoy a little time away from the spotlight, we can't rule out the possibility of one of them going the reality TV route to find love again in the future. Hey, there's always Bachelor in Paradise, right?

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