Ben & Lauren released thus statement to PEOPLE: “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.”
The couple met on Ben’s season of ‘The Bachelor’ which premiered in January 2016. Ben offered his final rose and proposed to Lauren. It was a huge controversy since he told both finalists, Lauren AND JoJo, that he loved them during the Fantasy Suites episode.
Nevertheless, the two did their best to overcome their issues together and Lauren moved to Denver shortly after going public with their engagement.
Regarding Ben’s declaration of love to both women, back in March Lauren told PEOPLE, “post-filming was more of an emotional roller coaster than the actual show. I fall more in love with Ben every day and it’s hard to separate what happened long ago and my current feelings. It’s confusing. It does wear on me.”
She added, “It hurts. It’s like, why did I have to go through that hurt? It’s already a few months of confusion and tears and then to have to deal with it again. It’s hard.”
Ben told PEOPLE, “I couldn’t apologize for being honest or expressing what I thought was the best thing to express at the time. Don’t get us wrong. Throughout this whole show airing and conversations we’ve had about decisions and life, it hasn’t always been easy. But it’s added a whole new level to our relationship. And the show ultimately led me to this woman who I love deeply. She’s the only woman I’ll love from now on.”
Six months later, Ben and Lauren returned to our TV screens for one season of their Freeform reality show ‘Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?’
Back in October, ahead of the premiere, the two revealed exclusively to PEOPLE that they were undergoing couples counseling at their church.
Ben told PEOPLE, “We’re not the perfect couple. Far from it! But we are trying really hard and we love each other a lot.”
While Lauren added, “There are so many weird elements to being in a relationship after The Bachelor. We’ve gotten in arguments like any other couple, but about some things that other couples wouldn’t have to fight about, like the fact that we met when he was dating other women. You can say that’s what I signed up for, but it’s still real life and it’s still hard.”
And apparently overcoming trust issues that lingered after the JoJo drama wasn’t easy either.
Lauren also said, “For a long time, I was really angry for being blindsided. And that resentment and anger affected our relationship much longer than it should have.”
Ultimately, the two always maintained they were not in a rush to tie the knot.
“We’re both ready to get married, but we haven’t set a date because we want to make sure we’re not doing it for anyone but ourselves,” said Lauren.
“We just want to do it on our own terms,” added Ben. “I just want to look over at Lauren and know that she is completely filled with joy in that moment. … Love is what life is all about.”
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