Well, that escalated quickly.
In the course of just a few weeks, we went from wondering whether Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins would get married on TV to wondering whether Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins were even together.
That’s what happens when you call off your wedding on an episode of your reality show.
On Tuesday night’s installment of the pair’s Freeform program, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, we learned why there’s a question mark at the end of this title.
During a counseling session for Higgins and Bushnell, the former broke down and confessed to his fiancee that he loves her and he wants to spend the rest of his life with her and everything, but…
… he doesn’t want to marry her.
Not yet at least.
“You’re the woman of my dreams,” Higgins said as Bushnell cried. “The last thing I want to do is for us to rush that.”
It’s almost as if Ben was only saying this because producers were looking to create drama between the couple in order to increase ratings.
You can watch the episode online below in order to see this exchange take place:
“This thing sped up real fast, and we haven’t had a second to breathe,” Ben explained. “Now it’s time not to rush anything else.”
The pair met and supposedly fell in love on The Bachelor and then agreed to star in their very own reality show.
But getting married? That would really be rushing things!
With rumors swirling of a full-fledged breakup, Higgins spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday and clarified the couple’s status.
“That’s one of the things that’s great about doing a show post-Bachelor, it really does highlight the confusion that life is and trying to get to know each other post-show, and trying to figure out how to get married and make everything work in everybody’s best interest,” Higgins said.
“We are together, happier than ever – no plans to break up!"
Nope. Just to drag out this romance for as long as Freeform keeps signing their checks!
Does Higgins regret his decision to end the engagement?
Does he wish he could take back anything he said to Bushnell?
Nope and nope.
“We’re in one of the best places we’ve ever been in our relationship – probably the best place,” the 28-year old claims.
“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.”
But does Bushnell feel the same way?
Just two weeks ago, she shared the following picture on Instagram, writing as a caption to it:
"So thankful I get to spend life with you."
But now there is no legal ceremony on tap in which they actually vow to spend the rest of their lives with each other.
Having just returned home from a trip to Turks and Caicos, though, Lauren seems okay with that.
"We both came back just clearly refreshed, at ease and we really needed it,” Bushnell told ET.
“Sometimes you have to listen to your relationship, listen to each other and yourself, and know — hey, we need some time here. Thankfully we’re blessed enough that we get to take a vacation. … It was exactly what we needed.
"The adventure aspect of it all and doing things together, paddling, snorkeling — we kind of hit the reset button."