Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell “Happier Than Ever” After Calling Off Wedding
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Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell “Happier Than Ever” After Calling Off Wedding

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When will people learn to read past the headlines?!

On Tuesday’s episode of Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, Ben Higgins did technically “call off” his wedding to Lauren Bushnell, asking for a “a second to breathe” and saying the plans felt too rushed.

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This, of course, caused many to assume the Bachelor 2016 couple was doomed — but not so fast!

Many saw the words “the wedding is off” and assumed LaurBen had called off their engagement entirely. In a new interview, they make things very clear: This thing is far from over.

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“We are together, happier than ever — no plans to break up!” Ben clarifies to ETOnline.com this week.

That being said, he’s not regretting pressing pause on their whirlwind wedding planning.

“We’re in one of the best places we’ve ever been in our relationship — probably the best place,” the 27-year-old hunk reveals.

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“We’re feeling less stressed. We’re feeling less pressured. We’re able to laugh and smile more … That decision at that point led us to every decision we’ve made to get to today.”

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If you follow the Denver-based pair on social media, this shouldn’t be news to you, especially with their recent posts.

We’re talking about the romantic trip to Turks and Caicos they just took, which was also their first camera-free getaway since getting engaged in November 2015.

So thankful I get to spend life with you.

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Lauren gushes, "Thankfully we’re blessed enough that we get to take a vacation. … It was exactly what we needed.”

Among the amazing experiences they had on the Caribbean vacay? Paddling, snorkeling, long walks on the beach, gourmet dinners — all one-on-one activities that helped them “hit the reset button.”

The proof was in the pudding when they returned to Colorado.

“We both came back just clearly refreshed, at ease and we really needed it,” the former flight attendant shares.

“Sometimes you have to listen to your relationship, listen to each other and yourself, and know — hey, we need some time here.”

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Good on them. We’re rooting for these two!

Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? airs tonight, November 15, at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

Check out more of Wetpaint’s coverage of Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After below:
Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell Are Acting Now
Fans Complain Ben & Lauren Spin-Off Too “Scripted”
Inside Ben & Lauren’s Joint Bachelor-Bachelorette Weekend! (PHOTOS)
11 Things You Might’ve Missed on LaurBen & JorJo’s Double Date (PHOTOS)