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Lauren Bushnell 'Having a Hard Time' Since Split With 'Bachelor' Ben Higgins

Lauren Bushnell has been keeping quite since her breakup with Bachelor Ben Higgins, but it’s reportedly been a difficult time.

The 27-year-old realty star has been “having a hard time” with the split, according to E! News.

Lauren is having a hard time with her split from Ben. It has been a tough adjustment for Lauren to be without someone that she has shared so much time with for the past year,” a source said.

While Lauren hasn’t been as open about the split as Ben, she recently explained that she didn’t want to do their reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After.

“I didn’t really want to do it, to be honest. I wanted to move on with our life and just have a moment that was just about us…But that was a really high-stress situation. I didn’t feel like I got the support that I needed when we were filming that — just from everyone,” she told People.

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Ben Higgins Breaks Silence on Lauren Bushnell Breakup

Ben Higgins is opening up about his split from Lauren Bushnell.

The Bachelor star implies that the breakup was a long time coming.

“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,” Ben said during a Bachelor Nation podcast (via E! News). “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.”

“It’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you spent so much time with and it’s hard to say goodbye to somebody that you really did believe was the one for you,” Ben continued. “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.”

“It was for the best,” he added.

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Bachelor's Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell Split

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, who met on the January 2016 season of The Bachelor, have split up.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” they tell People in a statement. “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, 29, chose Lauren, 27, over future Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and the couple began their journey. They had a Freeform reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? Ben and Lauren have faced constant relationship rumors since they went public.

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Ben Higgins Responds to Lauren Bushnell Breakup Rumors

Ben Higgins is shutting down rumors that he and Lauren Bushnell have called it quits.

The 28-year-old former Bachelor took to Instagram to reaffirm his love.

“No need to respond often to rumors or ‘fake news’ but the feeling I have in this picture is the same feeling I have for this girl today,” Ben wrote. “We have entered into a world where rumors will exist we know that, but just know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side. ”

“A breakup has been coming for awhile,” Us Weekly originally reported. “They don’t get along. She’s told people recently how hard it is. He’s a great guy, but they should split.”

Ben decided to call off their wedding back in November 2016, but they stayed together.

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Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell Don't Have a Wedding Date, Provide Update on Their Relationship

Ever since news broke that Bachelor couple Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell called off their wedding, fans have been wondering if they will be married soon…or if they are headed for a split.

Extra caught up with the couple and asked if they have a wedding date.

“Oh, gosh, the million-dollar question!” Lauren said.

“I think at this point, Lauren and I are focusing on our relationship, which is obvious. We’re definitely together — we are happily engaged. The wedding in our mind — ‘Where’s your ring at?’ — is still on, but we are just taking some time to help plan that where it’s not stressful or overwhelming,” Ben chimed in. “Any couple feels the same pressures — you get engaged, and everyone asks when is the wedding. … We’ve navigated it relatively well and [are] doing things on our own timeline, honestly.”

“The show [Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?] is stressful, it’s hard. … One thing Lauren and I have learned, we really need to focus on taking time as a couple to do things,” Ben added.

The Bachelor's Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell Are 'Better Than Ever' After Calling Off Wedding

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are celebrating their one-year anniversary just a few days after announcing that they have called off their wedding.

The Bachelor couple got engaged on the reality show one year ago and although they’re not walking down the aisle soon, they say they’re better than ever.

“One year ago today I proposed to @laurenbushnell and even with the normal relational speed bumps our relationship has continued to mold us both into better partners and better people. I am lucky to have her, we are doing very well!” Ben wrote on his Instagram.

On Twitter he added, “One year ago today I started my life with @LaurenBushnell3 and we are better today than ever before.”

Congratulations on your anniversary Ben and Lauren!