These Bitter Bachelor Rivals Met Unexpectedly At Ben Higgins’ Wedding!

This is SO awkward! Former Bachelor leading man Ben Higgins got married on Saturday in Nashville to the beautiful Jessica Clarke, and as we’ve been reporting, the romantic wedding went off without a hitch! Well, it went off without a hitch for the ecstatic bride and groom, at least! Related: Clare And Dale Broke Up For Good […]

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Former Bachelor Ben Higgins Marries Girlfriend Jessica Clarke!

Ben Higgins is no longer a bachelor! According to People, the 32-year-old Bachelor alum married his longtime girlfriend Jessica Clarke on Saturday in a romantic ceremony at The Estate at Cherokee Dock near Nashville, Tennessee. Higgins expressed to the outlet: “I am so excited. We have so much to look forward to. And I know […]

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Former Bachelor Ben Higgins Moved Back To Indiana After Suffering A ‘Breakdown’ — Over Reality TV Fame Being ‘Ripped Away’

What’s a Bachelor to do when he’s no longer a bachelor? Ben Higgins is trying to figure that out. During an appearance on Trista Sutter’s Better Etc. podcast on Tuesday, the former Bachelor lead revealed he’s returned to his native Indiana to figure out the next phase of his life after experiencing a bit of […]

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Bachelor Franchise Stars Shows Rachel Lindsay More Support After She Quits Instagram Due To Harassment

 The Bachelor franchise stars have rallied behind Rachel Lindsay, who recently deactivated her Instagram account due to harassment. In case you missed it, the former Bachelorette lead had been swarmed with online “hate” from fans after her interview with Chris Harrison, who had shamefully defended season 25 frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell for her past racist actions. […]

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The Hottest Bachelors in History: Where Does Matt James Rank?

With Matt James ready to make history on ABC, it’s almost time to talk about The Bachelor spoilers … but also this:

Which Bachelor is the #1 hottest of all time!?

‘Cause, even if ABC does scour the Earth for eligible dudes who are the total package, that’s still a real debate.

And subjective, we know. But a fun one!

For those keeping score, Matt is the star of The Bachelor‘s 25th season, making him the 24th Bachelor of all time.

(Brad Womack famously got two cracks at the job … and yet didn’t get a happily ever, or even close, after either).

Obviously, Matt is the first black Bachelor, and the franchise’s second black lead overall, following Rachel Lindsay.

The show’s low-key racism and how it needs to handle Matt’s 2021 season are topics that will be debated at length.

But we’re glad he’s the new leading man of the franchise, and today we’re just here for pointless fun in his honor.

Gaze at the ghosts of Bachelors past, see for yourself who’s the hottest of the hot and where you’d rank Matt.

24. Matt Grant

Matt grant photograph
Matt Grant is, if you couldn’t immediately tell, British. He’s the first (and only) British Bachelor, in fact. Amazingly, he gave his final rose to none other than Shayne Lamas. They were then engaged for like 40 minutes before she upgraded BIGLY to celebrity gossip blogging legend, scholar and entrepreneur Nik Richie.

23. Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo borghese photo
If there were a Bachelor, and season of The Bachelor, that left less than a memorable impression, it might have to be Lorenzo Borghese. He is eminently forgettable. But he’s not exactly hard to look upon.

22. Andrew Firestone

Andrew firestone pic
Is Andrew Firestone a contender for Hottest Bachelor Ever? Maybe. Do you remember that he was actually on The Bachelor? Less-convincing maybe.

21. Bob Guiney

Bob guiney carves a turkey
Bachelor Bob Guiney starred in Season 4 of the ABC hit. No, seriously, he did. Guy was kind of a turkey TBH.

20. Charlie O’Connell

Charlie oconnell
Not to be confused with his brother Jerry O’Connell, who’s starred on things like Sliders, Scream 2, and Crossing Jordan, Charlie O’Connell once starred on the ABC show.

19. Byron Velvick

Byron velvick
The bass-fishing Byron Velvick had the outdoorsy thing going for him in Season 7, that’s for sure. He got engaged to Mary Delgado, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.

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Bachelor Alum Lauren Bushnell Reveals She’s Pregnant — And Ex Ben Higgins Reacts!

Lauren Bushnell Lane is pregnant! The former recipient of the final rose on The Bachelor revealed her amazing good news on Sunday. Now married to country music star Chris Lane, the 30-year-old announced it to the world with an Instagram video showing a sonogram of the couple’s coming first child. So great!!! Related: YouTube Star Arrested […]

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Clare Crawley’s Ex-Fiancé Has An Interesting Theory About Her Departure From The Bachelorette…

Could this really be true — could Clare Crawley‘s midseason departure on The Bachelorette really have been her getting “forced out” by producers?! Judging by her own recent social media activity, it’s clear the Sacramento native is at least entertaining that possibility if not outright insinuating it. And while Bachelor Nation execs have tried to walk […]

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Ben Higgins Blasts Clare Crawley Over Strip Dodgeball: It’s a Double Standard!!

Some viewers are absolutely flipping out at Clare Crawley over the strip dodgeball game.

They are not alone. Ben Higgins says that it’s an outrageous double standard.

To say that Clare and her season are polarizing to fans and viewers is an understatement.

Wild reports about Clare falling head over heels for one of the contestants very early on turned out to be true.

But a bunch of disappointed suitors has turned out to be only part of the story of why some viewers are resentful of Clare.

See, on the second episode of the season, Clare had an eye-catching group date with ten of her suitors.

The result? A game of Strip Dodgeball. Five of the players ended up either so naked or close enough to it that ABC got a lot of work out of their blurring feature.

Some viewers are furious … and apparently, that anger extends to some members of the Bachelor Fam, as well.

Now, Ben Higgins hasn’t been especially lucky in love, but he’s something of a fan favorite.

He has a good relationship with the Bachelor Nation as a whole and with Chris Harrison.

In a recent episode of the The Ben And Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast, he weighed in on the game of Strip Dodgeball.

“I think we can all be clear that there’s a double standard right now. 100%,” Ben asserts.

He says that there is “a very obvious double standard that was presented and that, I don’t know if the show’s trying to send a message.”

Ben continues: “saying ‘Hey, there is an obvious double standard or not,’ but I watched this.”

“And,” Ben continues, “let’s for a second reverse course and say, okay, if this was a Bachelor season, no way this happens.”

“No way they get away with it,” he says. “No way it’s appropriate.”

“No way that this just becomes a weekly topic…. I think this show is super smart,” Ben says, pivoting.

“They knew this wouldn’t shut down the show,” he suggests as the pivot continues.

“But,” Ben continues, “it’s pushing the envelope here a little bit. Right?”

That’s true. Peter’s disaster of a season included a pillowfight, but the ladies were in nightgowns — albeit not especially prudish ones.

Ben says that “there’s no shot” that he could have been part of that if he were a suitor.

Why? Because he says that it’s “all fun and games until my buddies and I are naked on national television.”

Ben says that he stays in shape, but would have felt inadequate competing with all of the other hunky guys, not to mention being seeing and judged by the viewers at home.

“Maybe I’m crazy, maybe you guys can remind me,” Ben says.

“But,” he opines, “this felt like it was pushing the envelope more than any other date I can remember on The Bachelor.”

He does then acknowledge: “They push the envelope every season.”

“There’s always that controversial thing that happens,” Ben says.

He knows that there is always something “that goes, ‘Oh, next year it’s not gonna be as much,’ or whatever.”

“This felt like a lot…. I would say, though, this would not have been a date I participated in,” He adds, noting that he’s sure that it was optional.

“Not because I necessarily have a problem with the whole get naked and run around thing,” Ben emphasizes.

He adds: “I don’t know personally if that’s wrong or right.”

“I would have just been so uncomfortable,” Ben confesses.

Being uncomfortable naked is just fine!

It is every bit as valid as feeling uncomfortable wearing clothing.

It sounds like he’s asking if there’s somehow a moral component to nudity? That’s very silly. There is not. It’s fine. It’s just a bunch of people having bodies.

Ben’s “double standard” line is all about how viewers (and production) would have turned upside down if a leading man had ten gorgeous ladies play strip dodgeball.

Well … he’s probably right. The thing is that this isn’t some arbitrary or unfair standard.

Society views women by their appearance, so it is harmful to reinforce that by putting women on display in ways that men are not.

The same is not true of men, whom society values across a spectrum of criteria.

If you think that the dodgeball game was in poor taste, that’s fine! If you think that it has set a new standard for how you want your own dating life to go, more power to you.

But there’s nothing immoral about nudity, and this is a situation where “what if that were a woman” doesn’t apply, because society does not treat men and women the same.

Naked Dodgeball?! Ben Higgins & Others Call Out The Bachelorette Over ‘Double Standard’ In Strip Tease Date!

There’s nothing like a nice physical challenge for all the hunks on the early-season episodes of The Bachelorette to show off their fine physical attributes… but did this one go too far? On Tuesday night’s ep of the popular ABC reality TV dating competition show, leading lady Clare Crawley sat back alongside (flustered) host Chris Harrison to […]

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The Hottest Bachelors Ever: Where Will Matt James Rank??

With Matt James about to make history on ABC, it’s almost time again to talk about The Bachelor spoilers … but also this:

Which Bachelor is the #1 hottest of all time!?

‘Cause, you know, even if ABC does scour the Earth for eligible dudes who are the total package, that’s still a real debate.

And subjective, we know. But a fun one!

For those keeping score, Matt is the star of The Bachelor‘s 25th season on ABC, making him the 24th Bachelor of all time.

(Brad Womack famously got two cracks at the main event … and yet didn’t get a happily ever, or even close, after either).

Obviously, Matt is the first black Bachelor, and the second black lead in the franchise overall, after Rachel Lindsay.

The show’s low-key racism and how it needs to handle Matt’s season in 2021 are subjects that will be debated at length.

But we’re glad he’s the new leading man of the franchise, and today we’re just here for pointless fun in honor of James.

Take a look at the ghosts of Bachelors past, see for yourself who’s the hottest of the hot and where you’d rank Matt.

24. Matt Grant

Matt grant photograph
Matt Grant is, if you couldn’t immediately tell, British. He’s the first (and only) British Bachelor, in fact. Amazingly, he gave his final rose to none other than Shayne Lamas. They were engaged for like 45 minutes before she upgraded BIGLY to celebrity gossip blogging legend, scholar and entrepreneur Nik Richie.

23. Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo borghese photo
If there were a Bachelor, and season of The Bachelor, that left less than a memorable impression, it might have to be Lorenzo Borghese. He is eminently forgettable. But he’s not exactly hard to look upon.

22. Andrew Firestone

Andrew firestone pic
Is Andrew Firestone a contender for Hottest Bachelor Ever? Maybe. Do you remember that he was actually on The Bachelor? Less-convincing maybe.

21. Bob Guiney

Bob guiney carves a turkey
Bachelor Bob Guiney starred in Season 4 of the ABC hit. No, seriously, he did. Guy was kind of a turkey TBH.

20. Charlie O’Connell

Charlie oconnell
Not to be confused with his brother Jerry O’Connell, who’s starred on things like Sliders, Scream 2, and Crossing Jordan, Charlie O’Connell once starred on the ABC show.

19. Byron Velvick

Byron velvick
The bass-fishing Byron Velvick had the outdoorsy thing going for him in Season 7, that’s for sure. He got engaged to Mary Delgado, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.

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The Hottest Bachelor Stars in History: Where Does Matt James Rank??

With Matt James about to make history on ABC, it’s almost time again to talk about The Bachelor spoilers … but also this:

Which Bachelor is the #1 hottest of all time!?

‘Cause, you know, even if ABC does scour the Earth for eligible dudes who are the total package, that’s still a real debate.

And subjective, we know. But a fun one!

For those keeping score, Matt is the star of The Bachelor‘s 25th season on ABC, making him the 24th Bachelor of all time.

(Brad Womack famously got two cracks at the main event … and yet didn’t get a happily ever, or even close, after either).

Obviously, Matt is the first black Bachelor, and the second black lead in the franchise overall, after Rachel Lindsay.

The show’s low-key racism and how it needs to handle Matt’s season in 2021 are subjects that will be debated at length.

But we’re glad he’s the new leading man of the franchise, and today we’re just here for pointless fun in honor of James.

Take a look at the ghosts of Bachelors past and see for yourself who’s the hottest of the hot and where you’d rank Matt.

24. Matt Grant

Matt grant photograph
Matt Grant is, if you couldn’t immediately tell, British. He’s the first (and only) British Bachelor, in fact. Amazingly, he gave his final rose to none other than Shayne Lamas. They were engaged for like 45 minutes before she upgraded BIGLY to celebrity gossip blogging legend, scholar and entrepreneur Nik Richie.

23. Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo borghese photo
If there were a Bachelor, and season of The Bachelor, that left less than a memorable impression, it might have to be Lorenzo Borghese. He is eminently forgettable. But he’s not exactly hard to look upon.

22. Andrew Firestone

Andrew firestone pic
Is Andrew Firestone a contender for Hottest Bachelor Ever? Maybe. Do you remember that he was actually on The Bachelor? Less-convincing maybe.

21. Bob Guiney

Bob guiney carves a turkey
Bachelor Bob Guiney starred in Season 4 of the ABC hit. No, seriously, he did. Guy was kind of a turkey TBH.

20. Charlie O’Connell

Charlie oconnell
Not to be confused with his brother Jerry O’Connell, who’s starred on things like Sliders, Scream 2, and Crossing Jordan, Charlie O’Connell once starred on the ABC show.

19. Byron Velvick

Byron velvick
The bass-fishing Byron Velvick had the outdoorsy thing going for him in Season 7, that’s for sure. He got engaged to Mary Delgado, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.

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Ben Higgins: Engaged to Jessica Clarke!

If at first you don’t succeed in front of the camera…

… try, try again in private.

This is the lesson on love Ben Higgins can now vouch for, as the former Bachelor star announced this weekend that he’s engaged to Jessica Clarke.

Clarke actually shared photos of the proposal in Instagram, penning as a caption to the picture down below:

“I don’t remember everything you said, but I know that I said yes.

“I woke up in a dream today and I get to live in this dream every day from now on (eeeep).”

Higgins himself spoke with Entertainment Tonight about popping the major to Clarke in Franklin, Tennessee, in front of their families and loved ones.

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As it turns out, he and Clarke has been isolating themselves due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but drove to the aforementioned town on Friday… just too see Clarke’s parents, Ben told his girlfriend.

But then… SURPRISE!

“I went back to a pond behind her house, and we had set it up with sunflowers near a bench,” the reality star explained to ET, adding:

It’s right in their backyard, but a little hidden. I proposed and her family and mine were watching from a distance, and then we all celebrated together.”

What a fun, special and unique way to propose during a very difficult and unsettling time in this country.

“I was super nervous. She’s my best friend, my partner and I love her. I was nervous to kind of do this whole thing in front of her,” Higgins added. “I wasn’t anxious, it’s just a big moment!”

Higgins was previously engaged to Lauren Bushnell, whom he met and proposed to during his season of The Bachelor in 2016.

The two even starred in their own spinoff series on Freeform, but then called off their engaged in May of 2017.

Prior to that romance, Higgins was the runner-up on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season 11 of The Bachelorette in 2015.

He’s been in the spotlight of this program for many years now — and yet he had to leave the franchise in order to find his soulmate.

The Bachelor alum and Clarke made their relationship Instagram official in February 2019, just a few months after Higgins “successfully” slid into her DMs a few months earlier.

Talking to Us Weekly in January, Higgins made it sound like an engagement was inevitable.

“I don’t think that’s a question,” he told this tabloid at the time, continuing as folloows:

“We’re great. It’s fun. It’s just healthy…

“I think she would say the same. Our relationship is healthy. I’m a better version of myself, a more free version of myself than I’ve been in a while.”

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In response to the romantic news, many members of Bachelor Nation have sent Higigins a note of congratulations on social media.

“So flipping happy for you two and can’t wait to celebrate with so much champagne!” wrote former Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin, for example.

“Your love, support, and respect for one another is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see where this life will take you together!”

Added Raven Gates:

“Oh my heart is MELTING!!! I am sooo happy for you guys.”

“I’m soooo happy for you guys!!!” wrote Bachelor veteran Ashley Iaconetti. “Your love is so beautiful! I’m so glad you found each other! Look at what Instagram did!!

We concur!

Congrats to Higgins and Clarke! 

May they live happily ever after.

The Bachelor Stars Ranked: Which Hunk is the Hottest?

With Peter Weber’s time as The Bachelor winding down, it’s time again to talk about The Bachelor spoilers … but also this:

Which Bachelor is the #1 hottest of all time!?

After all, even if ABC does scour the Earth for eligible dudes who are the total package … not all hunks are created equal.

For those keeping score, Peter is the star of The Bachelor‘s 24th season on ABC, making him the 23rd Bachelor of all time.

(Brad Womack famously got two cracks at the main event … and yet didn’t get a happily ever, or even close, after either).

Obviously, not everyone in the Bachelor Nation is totally agreed on who’s hot and who’s not. Such things are subjective.

But hey, that’s why pointless debates are fun.

Take a look at the ghosts of Bachelors past and see for yourself who’s the hottest of the hot and where you’d rank Pete.

23. Lorenzo Borghese

Lorenzo borghese photo
If there were a Bachelor, and season of The Bachelor, that left less than a memorable impression, it might have to be Lorenzo Borghese. He is eminently forgettable. But he’s not exactly hard to look upon.

22. Andrew Firestone

Andrew firestone pic
Is Andrew Firestone a contender for Hottest Bachelor Ever? Maybe. Do you remember that he was actually on The Bachelor? Less-convincing maybe.

21. Bob Guiney

Bob guiney pic
Bachelor Bob Guiney starred in Season 4 of the ABC hit. No, seriously, he did.

20. Charlie O’Connell

Charlie oconnell
Not to be confused with his brother Jerry O’Connell, who’s starred on things like Sliders, Scream 2, and Crossing Jordan, Charlie O’Connell once starred on the ABC show.

19. Byron Velvick

Byron velvick
The bass-fishing Byron Velvick had the outdoorsy thing going for him in Season 7, that’s for sure. He got engaged to Mary Delgado, with whom he had a tumultuous relationship.

18. Andrew Baldwin

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Will you accept Andrew Baldwin’s rose? This hottie – a Naval officer! – was an early contestant on this ABC hit.

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The Bachelor Stars Ranked By Relationship Length: Who’s #1?

Take heed, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph, and all Bachelor couples of the future. Take heed. Time passes. Life happens.

Love – and fame – fades. Reality sinks in. And hits hard.

That sounds cynical, we know. But it’s also factual.

Although things have looked up lately, The Bachelor stars have not exactlty had the best track record when it comes to love lasting.

How bad is it? Simply by virtue of being together a year later, Lauren Bushnell and Ben Higgins ranked among the top success stories.

And they still broke up! That says it all right there.

Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi broke up after not even half that much time after a relationship many felt was doomed from day one.

As for the latest case study we saw play out this year?

Let’s just say Colton and Cassie are up against major obstacles (if you saw the recent season, you get it), and the odds aren’t great. 

What about for Peter Weber, the man who will hand out the roses in 2020 following a windmill-filled ride on The Bachelorette?

His prospects aren’t much better, although we’re guessing there will be ample opportunities to hook up inside historical structures.

Take what you can get, and don’t get upset. Check out the full Bachelor relationship rankings by length and see how they’ve fared:

1. Brad Womack

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Brad Womack, in the first of his two stints as The Bachelor, takes the cake by not choosing to propose to, or even continue his relationship with, either of the final two women, Jenni Croft or DeAnna Pappas (pictured). Wow.

2. Brad Womack (Take 2)

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In his second stint as The Bachelor, Brad Womack was briefly engaged to Emily Maynard. That ended pretty quickly, as she was single again in a couple of months.

3. Travis Stork

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Dr. Travis Stork and Sara Stone were broken up so fast, they got to talk about it on the After the Final Rose special.

4. Jesse Palmer

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Jesse Palmer, former NFL quarterback and current sports TV analyst, did not propose to Jessica Bowlin. They continued to date but broke up just weeks later.

5. Aaron Buerge

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Aaron Buerge and Helene Eksterowicz also lasted a matter of weeks.

6. Bob Guiney

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Bob Guiney did not propose to Estella Gardinier, but gave her a promise ring indicating that they would still date … for like a month it turned out.

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