Benjamin Edward "Ben" Higgins was a contestant on the 11th season of The Bachelorette.
He was eliminated in week 8.
Ben found love twice on his season, but it was Lauren Bushnell who captured his heart in the end and when he proposed, she happily accepted.
"I cannot believe that I'm standing here right now. That first week, sitting out there on the front steps of the Mansion with you and you asked me to trust you, I did completely. That night kissing you for the first time, that was the last first kiss I ever wanted to have. Coming into this whole thing I didn't know that love like this existed, I thought that it was a nice idea and I thought it sounded nice when people talked about it but I didn't really understand what it meant and standing here now I get it. You're the person I wanna spend my whole life with. You are my person. I love you. I love you!" - Lauren to Ben
"I came into this, honestly feeling unlovable, like I couldn't be loved or that I was never gonna find that person to love me wholly and then we go through this experience, that's in a journey, it's full of goodbyes. But Lauren, I never want to say goodbye to you. I wanna wake up every morning and kiss you on the face. I wanna go to bed at night knowing that in the morning I'm gonna wake up to the most beautiful woman I've ever laid eyes on. My desire from here on out, is to live for you, commit to you, love you, hold you, kiss you a lot. Lauren, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Lauren, will you marry me?" - Ben proposing to Lauren
The couple settled in Denver. They starred in their own spin-off, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?. They ended their relationship in May 2017.
He started dating Jess Clarke in early 2019. On March 27, 2020, he proposed in her hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. They were married on November 13, 2021. The wedding was attended by several Bachelor alums, including Nick Viall, Becca Kufrin, Thomas Jacobs, Jared Haibon, Ashley Iaconetti, and Wells Adams.
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Bachelor Nation was heartbroken when fan-favorite Ben H, the charming software salesman, was sent home by Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette. Ben saw a “great life” with Kaitlyn, only to have it disappear before him when he was left without a rose. It wasn’t easy for Ben to open himself up to love on The Bachelorette because he’s been hurt in past relationships. However, now knowing he is capable of being in love and being loved, he is ready to put the heartbreak behind him as he searches for his one true love.
Ben grew up in the Indiana town of Warsaw in America’s heartland. While Ben currently resides in Denver, Colorado, his heart will always be in Indiana with his family. Ben is the only son of loving, married parents David and Amy, a union that has been going strong for thirty-four years. He wants nothing more than to find the kind of love that his parents have. And he’s ready. While only 26, Ben is wise beyond his years. An avid traveler and a champion of varied cultures, he has worked at a zoo in Peru, traveled through the jungles of Bolivia, and even hiked the spiritual trails of famed Machu Picchu.
Since appearing on The Bachelorette, Ben’s life has changed dramatically. Adoring fans approach him in restaurants and young women wait outside his house for a chance to meet him. While his life has changed, Ben hasn’t. He’s still the same, big-hearted man looking for someone to share his life with.
This successful, sensitive and handsome 6’4” bachelor loves basketball, hiking, fishing, and stimulating conversation. He almost has it all. Now he just needs the right woman to love, and for her to love him back. And he truly believes he will find his soul mate on The Bachelor.