‘The Bachelor’ Finale: Ben Higgins Proposes To Lauren Bushnell; JoJo Fletcher Is The New Bachelorette
Ben Higgins proposed to flight attendant Lauren Bushnell during The Bachelor finale Monday night.
Ben Higgins Chooses Lauren Bushnell
Ben, 27, seemed torn ahead of the final rose ceremony, where he’d have to say goodbye to either Lauren, 26, or JoJo Fletcher, 25, both of whom he had said he loved. In the end, he told JoJo that while he loved her, he realized that he loved someone else more. Blindsided, JoJo was walked to a waiting car, where she broke into tears.
While he was confident that he had made the right decision, Ben still had a tough time saying goodbye to JoJo. Fortunately, he managed to regain his composure before Lauren arrived. “My desire from here on out is live for you, commit for you, to love you, to hold you, kiss you a lot,” Ben told her. “Lauren, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
During the After the Final Rose special, Ben explained that the choice became simple after he got some helpful advice from host Chris Harrison.
“You said, ‘Is there somebody here that you can’t picture life without, no matter where your feelings are— how much you care for both of them?” Ben said, revealing that the answer was clearly Lauren. “I could never picture life without her.”
Lauren, with her $100,000, 3-carat, emerald-cut Neil Lane engagement ring on her finger, revealed that she will be moving to Denver to join Ben within the next few weeks. As for the wedding, Lauren hopes to be walking down the aisle in the near future.
Though JoJo was clearly still a bit upset about how the Bachelor finale ended, she was happy to confirm that she’s been tapped to be the next star of The Bachelorette.