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Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell's Astrological Compatibility Might Help Explain Why They Broke Up

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell’s Bachelor love story has a happy ending, just not the one fans were expecting. The couple, who first met on the series in 2016 and starred in their very own spin off, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, went their separate ways in May 2017, leaving fans feeling like love was dead. While the former couple were so sweet together, it clearly wasn’t meant to be. When you take a closer look at Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell's astrological compatibility, it does offer some clues as to what may have happened — and why we can be happy that, while they didn't end up making it down the aisle, their breakup didn't mean love was dead forever. Higgins went on to find a new love with his current squeeze Jessica Clarke, and Bushnell made headlines with the announcement of her engagement to country singer Chris Lane on June 16.

While I'm truly happy that both Higgins and Bushnell have found love with new people, I can't help but wonder exactly what went wrong between them. The answer to some of that may lay in the stars. Higgins was born March 23, under the sign of Aries, and Bushnell's birthday is February 2, which makes her an Aquarius. It's no surprise that these two were drawn to each other, because these signs have a lot of chemistry and are actually highly compatible. But like all signs, they too have their areas of struggle, which can lead to a breakup for even the most loving and astrologically compatible couples. Here's what we can divine about how this applies to Higgins and Bushnell's breakup based, on their astrological signs.

They struggle to make a deep emotional connection.

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The biggest disconnect these two signs usually have is when it comes to forging a deep, emotional connection. While it's very possible for them to create a lasting bond, it can take some work. Aquarians open up slowly and methodically. They are freedom-loving people who do everything at their own pace. With time, they'll usually let their walls come down and invite their partners in, proving they were worth the wait. There's just one problem: Aries struggle with patience, as they're a decisive and confident sign. When they're in, they're all in, and they have difficulty understanding what's holding Aquarius back.

Jealousy and possessiveness can be a problem with these signs.

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When these two signs are able to get over the emotional intimacy hurdle, they can find a soulmate connection together. However, it's easier said than done. Aries is a force of nature that can usually tap into their considerable will power (and plenty of luck) to get what they want, but Aquarius, when pushed, becomes an immovable object. Instead of opening up, they close down further and pull away, since they feel like their freedom is in jeopardy. That can make Aries feel increasingly possessive and mistrustful.

An Aquarius and Aries couple’s sex is either burning fire, or ice cold.

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One of the places these two signs are most compatible is in the bedroom. Put these two together and you get fire… usually. However, if that sexual connection doesn't lead to emotional intimacy in a relatively short period of time, all that heat can quickly turn to ice. The sex may be physically satisfying, but it could be emotionally cold and lacking connection. Inevitably, that kind of sex loses its luster, leaving these signs with little opportunity for any kind of real connection.

While it's always sad to see a couple you root for go their separate ways, Higgins and Bushnell are also a great reminder that while not every love story has the ending you expect, every ending is, at its heart, a new beginning.