Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell looked happy to be front and center in the audience at JoJo Fletcher’s ‘After The Rose Ceremony’ in August. But, on the series premiere of ‘Ben & Lauren’ we learned the story behind that appearance — and it wasn’t pretty. Get the scoop here on how Lauren felt uncomfortable with their run-in with ‘The Bachelorette’ before the taping.
“I have had a friendship with JoJo [Fletcher] outside of you and I, since before you and I were engaged, and that friendship remains intact,” Lauren Bushnell, 26, told Ben Higgins, 28 in the series premiere of Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After, after the couple had received a call inviting them to attend the taping of JoJo’s After The Rose Ceremony? “The place where I get uncomfortable is when it’s you, me, and JoJo because it just takes me back to that day. That was really hurtful for me, and it’s not JoJo’s fault and it’s not your fault — I just don’t know what kind of advice I would offer her.”
As any fan will recall, Lauren was referencing when her fiance told both she and JoJo that he loved them in the finale of his season of The Bachelor, though he did propose to Lauren. Yup, it’s still awkward. While Lauren did ultimately agree to go to the taping, she wasn’t so thrilled when she found out JoJo had called to invite the two to lunch while they were in town and Ben agreed — without asking her first. “I feel like you said yes for the both of us,” she told Ben.
And, just like Lauren thought it would be, the run-in with JoJo was, in fact, awkward. “Being in the same room with JoJo and Ben all together was extremely uncomfortable and now we have to go to lunch together and I’m completely dreading it,” she said. “I don’t want to resent JoJo. I don’t want to resent Ben. And I think that’s my biggest fear —I don’t know if meeting up and having lunch will bring back those memories from months ago. A million things could go wrong, and I’m worried about every single one of them.” Aww, we’re sorry you felt uncomfortable Lauren! At least you probably won’t be asked to do it again any time soon!
HollywoodLifers, would you feel “uncomfortable” if you were in Lauren’s situation? Let us know below!