Ben Higgins “Not Ready For Another Relationship” as Lauren Cozies Up to New BF
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.’”
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.”
Good to see Lauren happy — and hopefully Ben will get there soon, too!