Ben Higgins Reacts To Lauren Bushnell’s Engagement News

This week fans of the Bachelor franchise got to experience the sweetest proposal yet. One could even say this was the sweetest proposal in all of Bachelor history.

Country singer, Chris Lane proposed to his girlfriend, former bachelor alum, Lauren Bushnell. Fans got to witness the proposal in Chris’s new song Big, Big Plans. This song as you may guess was written for Lauren.

The video for this song starts off with Chris introducing the song to Lauren and then asking her if she is okay with him playing it for her with cameras recording. The video then takes fans through a video montage of Lauren in different aspects of her life. For example, at home with Chris, on tour with Chris, at various family gatherings, etc.

As these scenes progress they are followed by lyrics such as, “she don’t know I already bought a ring. Hid it in the bottom left drawer right beside the sink. A shiny emerald diamond on a brand-new band. Asked her mama for permission and her daddy for her hand. I got some big, big plans…” The video then ends with Chris getting down on one knee and proposing.

When asked about the proposal Chris told People, “I knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal,” he continued. “So, I decided to keep it pretty casual. I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to, but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she’d appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents’ backyard.”

Although everyone is excited for both Chris and Lauren many fans are left wondering what does former fiance and Bachelor star Ben Higgins have to say about all this.

Well Ben did comment on the engagement in his podcast Almost Famous, he explained, “Ultimately, we left that relationship, both of us, I think, saying, I hope life brings you a ton of joy, I don’t want you upset and alone forever. I hope you find a partner as soon as possible. I hope everything that you want in this world that’s healthy and good is given to you,’” he explained. “And that’s exactly how I feel. So ……. Lauren, congratulations!”

He continued to exclaim,“ We’re thrilled for you. You found a man that you love without any pressure and in a moment, after dating for a long time, you have said [yes] to spending your life with him and I could not be more excited for you. I want nothing but joy and everything you ever wanted that our relationship would’ve have brought you and Chris. Congratulations.”

Although, he did have one more wish for both himself and Lauren he told fans, “I hope for Lauren and myself, is that my life isn’t as closely tied to Lauren anymore. I hope that people aren’t reaching out,” he said. “I hope this is a chapter being closed completely because I don’t know Lauren anymore and my life isn’t tied to her.”

Well said Ben! I am happy to hear that he is supporting Lauren through this happy time and I congratulate Lauren and Chris on their engagement.

Everything You Need To Know About Kelly Ripa’s Feud With The Bachelor Franchise

This week on the most dramatic episode of Live With Kelly And Ryan yet, Kelly Ripa expresses her thoughts about The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

On Tuesday’s episode of Live With Kelly And Ryan, Kelly Ripa let her feelings be known when Ryan Seacrest mentioned that the newest bachelorette, Hannah Brown, would be on the show later this week.

This introduction caused Kelly to respond with the following, ““You know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me. I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one, ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”” Words to live by.

However, Kelly didn’t stop at The Bachelor, she continued to say that she once rooted for a female version of the show, but, once said version did come out she was just as disgusted by it. She explained to the audience, ““I was like, how come they don’t have a woman with men fighting over her? How come they don’t do that show?'”.  She continued, “”I found that show just as creepy but in a completely different way,” she added. “”I was like, ‘ew, eww, ewww.'” I mean to someone who does not watch the show the concept can sound a little creepy.

Nevertheless, The Bachelor and Bachelorette’s creator, Mike Fleiss did not take kindly to Kelly’s lighthearted criticism. He tweeted, “Easy, @kellyripa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!” To put it into context, The Bachelor franchise and Live With Kelly And Ryan share the same network, ABC.

Many other bachelor alumni have spoken out including the show’s host Chris Harrison. Chris also tweeted out “Look out #BachelorNation ⁦@KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your “disgusting” Monday night habit.”

Kelly has not responded to these tweets but do not worry she was not left defenseless. Grey’s Anatomy star, Ellen Pompeo came to her defense. She tweeted, “Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary.  Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success.  Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite”

As for Hannah Brown, who appeared on Live With Kelly And Ryan on Thursday, she addressed the feud more kindly. When Kelly jokingly said, “”I’m not sure if they told you backstage, I’m not behind this at all””.  Brown responded in a more friendly manner. She explained, ““Like you, I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan [however] Being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other””. Hannah continued, ““Some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s simple facts.””

Hannah also clarified that although it does not seem like it, ““Ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual, and I did. I think that’s why I decided that I wanted to be The Bachelorette.””

Hopefully now that Hannah has clarified a few things all parties can put this feud to rest and save the drama for next week’s episode of The Bachelorette.