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‘The Bachelor’: Ben Higgins Is Inviting 1 of His Exes to His Wedding, and It’s Not Who You Think

Ben Higgins is planning his wedding to his fiancée, Jessica Clarke. Though Higgins did not meet Clarke while filming The Bachelor or any of its spin-offs, he is still a staple in the franchise. So, everyone has been wondering whether Higgins’ nuptials will be televised, and most importantly, who from Bachelor Nation will be in attendance.
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Bachelor’s Ben Higgins Recalls Taking Pills From His Grandfather Amid Past Addiction Battle

Watch: Would Ben Higgins Be "The Bachelor"--Again?!. Ben Higgins is using his platform to share an important message. During a special episode of Addiction Talk, a Facebook Live series hosted by American Addition Center, the Bachelor Nation alum opened up about his past struggles with prescription pain medications following a knee surgery in high school. Ben, who starred in season 20 of The Bachelor, also recalled the moment he decided to make a change after stealing pills from his grandfather.
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Ben Higgins On Life And Love After The Bachelor - Exclusive Interview

When he landed the coveted role of the Bachelor, Ben Higgins was immediately dubbed "the Perfect Ben," and it's not very hard to see why. During his stint on The Bachelorette, he proved early on that he was an all-around good guy with his charming personality, mild-mannered demeanor, gentlemanly ways, and genuine, heart-melting smile. It was on that show that he poured his heart out to Kaitlyn Bristowe, confessing he struggled with the fear of possibly being "unlovable." That realness and vulnerability quickly led him to achieving fan-favorite status, and to this day, he still gets messages of support from Bachelor Nation.
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Ben Higgins Opens Up About The Extent Of His Addiction

The following article includes mentions of drug abuse. Ben Higgins appeared to be one of the most clean-cut Bachelors in the franchise's history. The All-American software salesman first stole hearts across the country when he appeared on Season 11 of The Bachelorette, where he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe's heart. Though that romance wasn't to be, he had another shot at love when he became appeared on Season 20 of The Bachelor, eventually getting engaged to Lauren Bushnell during the final. They went on to star in their own Freeform reality series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, but they split in May 2017, 14 months after The Bachelor finale aired.
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Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke’s Relationship Timeline

Ben Higgins may have given his final rose to Lauren Bushnell, but he found lasting love with Jessica Clarke. Bachelor Nation first met Higgins when he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart on season 11 of The Bachelorette. After finishing in third place, ABC named the Colorado native the season 20 Bachelor. Higgins subsequently got down on one knee and proposed to Bushnell during the March 2016 finale. The duo, who landed their own spinoff, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, called it quits in May 2017. “I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away,” Higgins revealed on his “Almost Famous” podcast at the time. “And we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn’t necessarily like we dragged it out. … It’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you spent so much time with and it’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you really did believe was The One.” While Higgins returned to reality TV to compete on The Bachelor: Winter Games in 2018, he quit the spinoff without a love connection. By the end of that year, however, Higgins met Clarke through Instagram. “She’s a very kind, pure, emphatic and supportive person in general. And she’s not only like that to me. I’m part of that, but she’s like that to everybody around her,” Higgins gushed to Us in April 2019. “She challenges me to be more empathetic, more loving, more caring, more kind as well. So I’m very happy.” The pair’s relationship got serious quick. “We’re great. It’s fun. It’s just healthy … I think she would say the same. Our relationship is healthy,” Higgins told Us in January 2020. “I’m a better version of myself, a more free version of myself than I’ve been in a while.” Higgins proposed to Clarke in March 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. “From my first date in life to the moments in between they all led me to getting down on one knee in front of you @jessclarke_,” he wrote at the time via Instagram. “This weekend I asked Jessica to give me the honor of being her partner for life. She said YES! I now officially have the most beautiful, kind-hearted, supportive, well-intentioned person to spend life with! Our adventurous ride through life together is just starting.” Scroll through for Higgins and Clarke’s relationship timeline.