It’s been almost five months since Bachelor Ben
Higgins and Lauren Bushnell were able to go public with their relationship for the first time. The two are now happily engaged, living together in Denver
and closer than ever.
But, a lot has happened in just a matter of months: Ben
and Lauren are now filming their own reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily
Ever After?, and Lauren just debuted a blog: Sparkle in Her Eye. ET sat down
with her at the blog's launch dinner, an intimate event at the W Hotel in Hollywood.
“It’s a lot of change,” Lauren said. "When everything
around me is changing I get a little stressed out, and unfortunately I probably
take that out on Ben a little bit more than what's fair! … [With that change]
comes a lot of happiness, a lot of laughs, but also a lot of struggles.” Those
ups and downs will play out on Happily Ever After?, but Lauren says
ultimately things are good: “It's been really fun to kind of step out of the
spotlight – the Bachelor world -- and just really start our life
The hardest moment of the past five months had to do with
that Bachelor world. “I think the toughest moment in this whole thing
was having to relive The Bachelor,” she said. “Going through that once
is one thing, but having to re-watch it once it airs is a whole other thing.
I’m only so strong … watching the man you love tell another woman he
loves her … is extremely difficult. But honestly, it's made us way stronger and
it's forced us to communicate and have really awkward, hard conversations.”
Now, the two are starting another phase: wedding
“We don't have a date yet, but we have kind of started the initial
phases,” she said. “We both kind of talked more about maybe a winter wedding … Hopefully cameras will catch it, and I think that’s something that’s really
cool, because I know nothing about wedding planning. I wish I could've watched
someone else plan! So, hopefully you'll get to see that on the show. … I would
say definitely, but I don’t want to make any promises!”
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Lauren says she’s learned plenty about her future husband
since the Bachelor cameras stopped rolling, including that he’s a morning person
(she’s a night owl), an amazing chef and her “biggest fan.”
She even got teary-eyed talking about how Ben has encouraged her blog. “He’s
been so supportive this whole time,” she said. “Having someone there by your
side who tells you you can basically do anything when some things are really
scary, especially when it comes to doing something that you've never really
done before, it’s meant the entire world.”
“I’m going from being a flight attendant to a blogger,” she
said. “[It’s] a world I really don’t know a lot about … So, for a lot of
reasons it's a new chapter. I'm very nervous about that, but also very
excited!” Sparkle in Her Eye is a chance for Lauren to explore her creative side: “I also
had a fanbase that wants to know everything I wear -- makeup, all this stuff,”
she said. “I wanted to share that with them. It just seemed like it made the
Of course, the Bachelor world is still a major part
of Ben and Lauren’s lives. Happily Ever After? is from Next
Entertainment, the same company behind the Bachelor franchise. Cameras
were rolling at the Sparkle in Her Eye dinner launch, and fellow Bachelor alums
Becca Tilley and Ashley Iaconetti were in attendance to support their friend.
Plus, Ben and Lauren had been in the audience at After the Final Rose
just days before, marking the end of his ex JoJo Fletcher’s season of The
Bachelorette. Lauren says it might seem strange, but she and JoJo are close
“There's so many times where JoJo and myself -- we know exactly what
the other's going through,” she said.
Her advice for JoJo and Jordan Rodgers? “You're
going to face a lot of criticism and yours ups and downs are going to be
experienced in the public eye, and I would just say to JoJo and Jordan, ‘Don’t
listen to it!’" she advised.
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After? premieres in
October on Freeform.