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Ben Higgins Gets Emotional After Lauren Bushnell Breakup


Bachelor couple Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell officially announced their breakup two weeks ago, but if you thought that was the last we would hear from the reality stars, you majorly underestimated.

Higgins, 29, launched a podcast with fellow Bachelor alum Ashley Iaconetti (better known as Ashley I.), titled Ben and Ashley: Almost Famous, on which they've been candidly discussing things like his breakup with Lauren.

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In the first episode, Higgins addressed the split by saying,

While everything sounds amicable, a breakup is a breakup, and a relationship that began on TV is obviously subjected to the very watchful eye of the internet.

And as anyone even somewhat in the public spotlight could probably tell you, Higgins is clearly seeing firsthand just how opinionated the internet can be.

In an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday, Higgins again addressed the breakup, but this time he also had some pointed words for his naysayers.

He wrote,

Addressing his personal beliefs, he continued,

Higgins and Bushnell were always open about their Christian faith and in light of that, faced a good deal of criticism last year for their decision to live together before they were married.

In the post, Higgins reminded people he is "not perfect as none of us are and [he] never claimed to be."

He also set the record straight on his career, writing,

While he called Ashley I. "a friend," there was some speculation the two might be dating after they attended a concert together.

However, Iaconetti told Us Weekly the two are "totally just friends!" She explained, "We went with our podcast manager at iHeart and other friends."

Higgins concluded his message,

Honestly, good for Ben for standing up to internet hate and addressing the criticism head on. Lauren, who moved back to California to pursue a career in fashion, recently shared a similar sentiment on Twitter.

It looks like Ben and Lauren, while not "happily ever after" together, are working hard at finding happiness post-engagement.