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Former ‘Bachelor’ Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell split

Season 20 "Bachelor" Ben Higgins and girlfriend Lauren

Season 20 "Bachelor" Ben Higgins and girlfriend Lauren Bushnell, above in Manhattan in March 2016, announced on Monday, May 16, 2017, that they had parted ways. Credit: Getty Images / John Lamparski

“The Bachelor” star Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, to whom he proposed on the season 20 finale of the ABC dating competition, have broken up.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” they told People magazine in a statement Monday. “We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”

The season, which premiered in January 2016, had left Bushnell with trust issues after Higgins controversially told both her and runner-up Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher that he loved them. Higgins, 29, and Bushnell, 27, went on to star in the 2016 Freeform reality show “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?”

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