Ben Higgins “Not Ready For Another Relationship” as Lauren Cozies Up to New BF
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Ben Higgins “Not Ready For Another Relationship” as Lauren Cozies Up to New BF

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It’s been over three months since Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell called off their engagement, but is he ready to move on?

We thought maybe the Bachelor 2016 star would be when his former fiancée started dating real estate investor Devin Antin in July.

But it seems like the Colorado-based hunk needs a little more time than his ex.

In a recent interview, he opened up about the overwhelming moment he found out Lauren had found love again with Devin.

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He recalled, “I decided to go for a run … I stopped and thought, if I’m the man I claim I want to be, then I need to celebrate Lauren.

“So if she’s happy, I will celebrate that the best I can,” he concluded.

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Ben just won’t be celebrating Lauren by joining her on the dating scene just yet — especially not on Bachelor, which he calls a “draining” and “emotional” experience in a new post on his blog.

“To be honest, I do not feel like being the Bachelor would be a wise choice for me right now,” he writes on The Mahogany Workplace.

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“I am not ready for another relationship to take place in the public eye. I am not able to be the man I would want to be for the women participating in the experience.

The 28-year-old continues, “I sense that I couldn’t prepare my heart to get engaged six months after my previous engagement ended.

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“If I did the show again I’d want to ensure that my intentions were pure and I was doing it — wait for it — for the right reasons.”

And even then, the Season 20 alum admits the “scrutiny” he’d get from doing the show a second time would give him pause.

BACK ROW: AMANDA K, JACQUELINE, LAUREN R., TIARA, OLIVIA, LAUREN H., LAUREN B.; MIDDLE ROW: SAMANTHA, LACE, LEAH, ISABEL, BECCA, AMBER, JESSICA, RACHEL, JENNIFER; FRONT ROW: MEGAN, CAILA, JOELLE, JUBILEE, LAURA, LAUREN BARR, BEN HIGGINS, SHUSHIK, AMANDA S., EMILY, HALEY, JAMI, BREANNE
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It’s not all bad news for fans of the hunk — particularly those who had hoped he’d agree to the Season 22 gig.

“At this point in my life I do not believe I’m ready to be the Bachelor again,” he concedes.

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“However, with that being said, a lesson I’ve learned over the last few years: Don’t close the door to any possibilities.”

He explains, “I’ve said, ‘I would never do that’ too many times, and then I found myself doing that very thing a few months later.

“So, I’m not saying ‘never;’ I’m just saying ‘not now.’”

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Meanwhile, his ex has slowly become more public with her relationship, most recently posting a cozy selfie while out to eat with Devin Antin on Sunday.

She captions, “Sundays with youuuuu.”

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Good to see Lauren happy — and hopefully Ben will get there soon, too!