Lauren Bushnell Admits She Only Did ‘Happily Ever After’ Spin-Off For Ben’s Career
Just yesterday, we were hearing about how she regrets watching their Bachelor 2016 journey back — and having to rehash it in the media.
Now, she’s revealing how she never wanted to do their spin-off show.
Even worse, she had to keep reliving it while doing a press tour. So it makes sense she would’ve wanted to step out of the public eye after the finale aired.
Only, they didn't.
Instead, the newly-engaged couple signed on for the Freeform reality show, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After, which started filming just months after they took their relationship public.
“I didn’t really want to do it, to be honest,” Lauren admits to People.
“I wanted to move on with our life and just have a moment that was just about us.”
Still, she ultimately agreed to it, rationalizing that they’d made it through the pressures of reality TV already.
“I was like, ‘I can still do it. There’s so much love there for one another,’” she continues.
“If I can get through The Bachelor, I can get through this no problem — at least we get to spend time together.’”
Unfortunately, it sounds like Happily Ever After was even worse than Bachelor no thanks to a lack of support from production and seemingly Ben himself.
She recalls, “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.”
Plus, the show resurrected a touchy point for the couple when LaurBen met up with JoJo and Jordan Rodgers for lunch.
“That was rehashed again,” the 27-year-old explains.
“I felt like we were stuck in this place that happened seven months ago that I was trying to move forward from.”
For the Portland native, the only way to move forward was to stop talking about their past, but that’s all anyone wanted them to talk about on their spin-off.
She states, “There were certain situations I didn’t want to continue talking about. I understand people want to know these answers, but at the same time I really wanted to make this relationship work.”
With all of the negatives that came with doing the show, it’s hard to understand what positive she hoped to get out of it.
Come to find out, it was more of what she hoped would best benefit her fiancé and his career.
At the time, the 28-year-old was making moves to run for the Colorado state legislature, which would’ve made the show a great platform for his public image.
Though he eventually backed out of the race, initially the former flight attendant thought doing the reality show would be a sacrifice worth making for her man.
She reasons, “[Running for local office] was something that he did really want to do, and I wanted to be supportive of that aspect.
“I was trying to be supportive of his goals and dreams, and if that meant having to do a reality show for four months [I told myself], ‘It’s not ideal, but I can do it.’”
It clearly didn’t work out that way, and once the show ended, they tried to fix things outside of the public eye.
Though we now know it couldn’t be fixed, there’s always hope for the future.
Just last week, Lo hinted she’s not completely opposed to working things out in the future.
“I mean, I feel like I have no idea what’s going to happen in my life moving forward,” she stated. “I’m kind of open to all things.”