"For the first time in 'Bachelor' history"... for real! While that line is one "The Bachelor" franchise fans know all too well, thanks to host Chris Harrison using the phrase to tease aspects of nearly ever season in the show's 14 year history, this time is actually rings true!
Never in "Bachelor" history has a successful couple parlayed their engagement into their own reality show on a different network, up until now. Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell recently inked a deal with the network Freeform, and will be taking their love lives back to the small screen. The reality stars will be filming an unscripted show entitled "Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After" this summer.
Ben Higgins opened up to Us Weekly about the decision, sharing, "After you walk away from 'The Bachelor,' it's not like your life becomes private. People still find out what you're doing, so it's not changing our life to be public."
Lauren added, "We're already used to sharing our lives with everyone else so we thought, 'Why not?' It's a fun way to share life after 'The Bachelor.'"
26-year-old Lauren made the move to Denver, Colorado to join her 28-year-old fiance in April 2016, a month after their proposal aired on national television. The show will be catching the transition in their relationship, going from glamorous televised dates around the world to simple domesticity in Denver.
Lauren admits that adjustment has not been without some bickering. Among the points of contention between the future spouses? Furniture. "He's like, 'Why do we need a new couch? We have a couch!' So that's been a point of contention," Lauren shared with Us Weekly.
Viewers will also get a sneak peek as the couple makes plans for their upcoming wedding. The reality star promises, "That is really something we want to focus on over the next few months."
And yet another "Bachelor" first may be a prominent part of "Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After" -- Ben's venture into politics. The business analyst announced his intention to run for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives in early June 2016.
Aside from following the young couple's lives, there will be cameos from other fan favorites from past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and will begin airing in October on the Freeform network.