Here’s Why Bachelor Ben Higgins, Fiancee Lauren Bushnell Aren’t Watching JoJo Fletcher on ‘The Bachelorette’

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell at the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. C Flanigan/Getty Images

Taking a break from TV drama. The Bachelor’s Ben Higgins and his fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, revealed in a new interview that they have yet to tune in to the current season of The Bachelorette, which stars his former suitress JoJo Fletcher.

The newly engaged couple opened up to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, July 6, to discuss their post-Bachelor life and revealed that they’re taking some time off from the hit ABC franchise that first brought them into the spotlight. As fans know, the software salesman, 28, proposed to the blonde flight attendant in the season 20 finale that aired last March, leaving runner-up Fletcher, 25, brokenhearted.

“We both see it as a little bit of a break from The Bachelor,” Bushnell, 26, explained about skipping Fletcher’s season. “It was our world for so long, and we just really wanted to focus on our relationship and needed a moment to take a step away.”

JoJo Fletcher
JoJo Fletcher Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images

However, the happy couple is intrigued by all of the drama surrounding Bachelorette season 12 villain Chad Johnson.

“Now I definitely want to get caught up — I keep hearing so much about this Chad guy,” Bushnell said of Fletcher’s deli meat–loving suitor, who was eliminated on the June 7 episode.

Higgins, 28, and Bushnell aren’t completely hiding from the TV world, however. As Us Weekly exclusively revealed last month, the duo will star in their own reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, later this year. The unscripted series, which will be filmed this summer, is set to premiere on Freeform in October.

“After you walk away from The Bachelor, it’s not like your life becomes private,” Higgins explained to Us in June. “People still find out what you’re doing, so it’s not changing our life to be public.”

Bushnell 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.”

The Bachelorette airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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