Ben Higgins Speaks Out For First Time Since Break Up With Lauren Bushnell

The not-so shocking split of The Bachelor's Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell became official on Monday in a statement that said, "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. 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."

Ben Higgins, 29, is opening up about his breakup for the first time on his new podcast with Bachelor franchise alum: Ashley I. The title of the podcast is Ben and Ashley: "Almost Famous." 

Although the first episode will be released on Tuesday, May 23rd, E! News has some exclusive excerpts on what Ben says about the breakup. He says, "Just to be as politically correct as possible and to also be as truthful as possible, Lauren will always be one of my best friends. It’s [a relationship] where I learned a lot about myself; I think she learned a lot about herself. Obviously, she knows me better than anybody else that has gone through this experience, and really probably anybody else in the world. It’s tough." 

Ok we can't really believe that Ben is going to be 'best friends' with his ex Lauren... They truly looked like they hated each other on their show "Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?"

Eventually Ben let us know how the relationship fell apart. He said, "I think mutually Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult. I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was — for some reason — slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn’t necessarily like we dragged it out." He continues saying, "I am a little confused, a little lost, but I’m doing all right. Life is going to be good and I know that from past experiences, any type of brokenness… Often times those situations can be turned into be a beautiful thing. I think that’s what’s going to happen here and that’s what I’m confident in today."

He even revealed hints at another series for them two... but we think he may have just been trying to be punny..... "I believe that Lauren and I both will come out of this with a whole new season that is going to be very good for the both of us." 

Well we hope he's just trying to be funny by playing on that word "season." 

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