Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Call It Quits — Read Their Statement (UPDATE)
UPDATE (5/15/2017 at 3 p.m. ET):
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” the Bachelor 2016 couple tells People in a statement.
The Season 20 duo continues, "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," they conclude.
A sad day for LaurBen fans. Let's hope the rumors about Becca Tilley and Robert Graham aren't true!
Original story (5/15/2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET):
Say it isn’t so!
Late last week, the always-plugged-in Reality Steve teased “plural” Bachelor Nation breakup announcements on the way, and now we have an idea at who those splits might be!
“If you've followed along on social media, this won't be a surprise to you,” the spoiler blogger writes. “But I'm hearing breakups are coming in Bachelor Nation. Plural.”
If you've followed along on social media, this won't be a surprise to you. But I'm hearing breakups are coming in Bachelor Nation. Plural.RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 12, 2017
Though he didn’t name names, the hint at “social media” gives some direction — one that some observant fans in the comments ran with.
@RealitySteve I haven't seen Ben with Lauren in a long timeJessi Wendland (@heartMKjessi) May 12, 2017
And sure, just last week Ben was defending Lauren on social media, gushing that he’s “proud of my gal.”
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr." @laurenbushnell continues to spread love while some feel it is their responsibility to spread hate, she is a light in this world. Proud of my gal, @laurenbushnell got me
Then again, later that week, he posted a Bible quote that got people talking.
"Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life,” the quote begins.
It continues, “These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth.
“Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me.”
That certainly sounds like trouble might be brewing between the Bachelor 2016 lovebirds, which is only corroborated by the glaring absence of the Bachelor on Lauren’s Instagram of late.
The 27-year-old hasn’t posted a photo with her fiancé in nearly a month, at her family’s Easter celebration.
So there’s definitely evidence to support this theory, but what about the other duo who called it quits?
One fan comments, “I'm thinking Becca & Robert definitely for sure....they are not posting any pics together anymore.”
@RealitySteve I'm thinking Becca & Robert derfinitely for sure....they are not posting any pics together anymore....not sure about anyone else!!Cheryl Meisenzahl (@c_meisenzahl) May 14, 2017
They’re not wrong, either.
His last post with the blonde beauty was from way back at Coachella 2017.
Then, Luke Pell sent tongues wagging while hanging out with Becca at the iHeartCountry Radio Festival last week.
The Bachelorette 2016 runner-up shared a cozy pic alongside the 28-year-old gal from the event.
However, he was sure to include in the caption, “Me and #rebecca are not dating @beccatilley she cute tho.”
Still, fans fear the end might be in sight for the Bachelor golden couple. Stay tuned to Wetpaint as we track this story!