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Ben Higgins is finally sharing his secret girlfriend with the world

Not like we have been anxiously waiting…

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The Bachelor fan favorite took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to make his relationship with Jessica Clarke Instagram official.

"I’ve been selfishly keeping this to myself for too long! Hey friends meet @jessclarke_!" Ben wrote to his 1.3 million followers. 

"I successfully slide into her DM’s a few months ago. I took a risk and I am glad I did. She is someone special, and I look forward to where life is going to take us."

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The former reality star continued, "Stay tuned for the journey. In addition, this picture was taken this week in Honduras. I got to spend some time with an incredible group of people from all over the USA on a @generous_coffee_adventure. Life is good!" 

"This is the most fantastic, heartwarming thing! I’m so happy for you!!!" Ashely Laconetti shared in the comments section.

Wells Adams also added, "#HottyToddy."

Not only is he Instagram official with the new girl, but he also travels overseas with her?!

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We can expect a proposal any day now. 

In this week’s episode of Ben’s iHeartRadio podcast, his co-host Ashley announced that Jessica will be a guest on the Almost Famous show this coming Monday. 

Back in January, Ben first revealed on his podcast that he had been dating someone and that they are currently long distance. 

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He successfully kept her identity a secret, as did his loyal friends. 

But they did let us in on how happy he was. 

"Everybody is buzzing about this. No [I haven’t met her], but I know that they’ve been going back and forth on flights to see each other over the past couple of months," Ashley revealed to E! News at OK! Magazine’s Pre-Grammys party. 

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This is Ben’s first love interest since his split from Lauren Bushnell

The two got engaged on the season 20 finale of The Bachelor in 2016, yet never went through with the wedding

"He definitely seems very happy." 

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But who even is this brunette beauty who has stolen Ben’s heart? 

Here is everything we have learned about Jessica: 

1. No, she has nothing to do with The Bachelor franchise. 

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2. She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications in May.

"My time at Ole Miss taught me that I have no control over my life and man am I thankful for that!" she captioned her graduation pic. "It wasn’t what I expected, but was far better. Thanks for my best friends." 

3. She has two attractive brothers. 

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"Last game day as a Landshark and I got BOTH of my brothers with me in my favorite place, best day ever…hotty toddy," she captioned another Instagram post. 

4. Jessica also appears to have a Maltipoo named Penny. 

And though being a dog mom and having a college degree isn’t too unusual for girls today, she does run marathons.  

Pretty impressive. 

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5. She also was a college athlete and ran track and cross country at Ole Miss. 

The 23-year-old posted a photo after completing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon in 2017.

"Came out of retirement for my city," she wrote beside the photo. 

6. And as for work? Well, she sells LED lighting for a living.

She works at Valet Energy in Nashville and has been the Key Account Manager for several months. 

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And when it came time for Jessica’s reveal, she kept it sweet and simple. 

"My secret boyfriend, Ben!" she shared. 

"He has one of the biggest hearts and kindest spirits, I got to share Honduras with him this past week and I’m excited for many more adventures!"

Ok, we admit they are too cute. 

And if you want more, tune into The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast on Monday for their first public "hello" to the world as an official couple!