The Bachelor Season 20 star Ben Higgins has revealed he’s going to propose marriage to girlfriend Jessica Clarke by the end of 2020 and the couple is moving in together soon!
After one year of dating, Ben shared Jessica is moving into his Denver, CO, home after he returns home from The Bachelor Live On Stage Tour and he’s “definitely” going to pop the question before the end of this year, Us Weekly reported.
“Yeah, [I’m going to propose]. I don’t think that’s a question,” Ben told Us on Wednesday while promoting his upcoming four-month tour with The Bachelorette’s Season 14 star Becca Kufrin.
“When? The tour throws a wrench in the plans a little bit.”
Jessica, however, will be accompanying Ben on the tour, and he said they’re just having fun in the meantime and “things are great” between them.
“We’re great. It’s fun. It’s just healthy. If I had to summarize [our relationship] I would just say I am so healthy myself right now, and I think she would say the same,” Ben gushed.
“Our relationship is healthy. I’m a better version of myself — a more free version of myself than I’ve been in a while.”
Ever since they began dating in December 2018, Ben and Jessica have been making a long-distance relationship work, with Ben being in Denver most of the time and Jessica living in Nashville, TN.
But after Ben and Jessica hit the road together for The Bachelor Live On Stage Tour, he disclosed Jessica will be officially moving into his Colorado home, according to Us.
“She’s going to move to Denver. She started a little company in Denver that she launched this week, actually. So she is starting to make plans to build a life out there, and I’m very thankful for that,” Ben shared.
“We’ve lived apart based on our own moral and personal choices and history of what we’ve done in relationships — what’s worked and what hasn’t. So the tour bus will be close confines, and then the next step will obviously be moving in together.”
This would mark Ben’s second engagement, as he was previously engaged to his The Bachelor winner Lauren Bushnell.
Ben proposed to Lauren during The Bachelor’s Season 20 finale in 2016, and after starring on a Bachelor spinoff called Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? on Freeform, they split in May 2017.
As for whether Ben would be up for starring on another reality show with Jessica, he didn’t seem to think that would be a good idea.
“There were so many things about that that were not smart to do,” Ben admitted to the magazine.
“That was a great thing for us at the time for some reasons, but no. I don’t think I want to put my life out for that. There’s other really cool opportunities like [the tour].”
Ben continued, “TV has not been something I’ve shied away from. Jessica would have to walk into that world with me, but I don’t think I want to do a couple’s [show]. I just think that’s so much pressure.”
Ben also joked his home is too small for a big production crew and Jessica to all feel comfortable.
Following his split from Lauren, Ben announced he was in a new relationship in January 2018 on his The Ben and Ashley I. Almost Famous Podcast, but he chose not to identify Jessica as the woman in his life right away.
Several weeks later, Ben introduced Jessica — who was a 24-year-old University of Mississippi graduate reportedly selling LED lighting for a living at the time, when the cute couple went Instagram official.
Ben previously disclosed he first saw Jessica by stumbling across her Instagram profile when looking for posts about a Nashville hockey game.
Ben acknowledged he was taken with her beauty and decided to direct message her around the time of Thanksgiving 2018.
Jessica reportedly answered Ben’s message, and then in December 2018, Ben flew her out to Denver, CO, so they could meet face-to-face.
As for Lauren, 29, she is married to country singer Chris Lane and living in Nashville with him.
“What do I want for her, to suffer forever? No! I’m glad she got married,” Ben said.
“I’m glad she’s happy; I’m happy. Things are good. Life works out, and that’s a great part of my story I’ll tell forever and learned a lot from, and I’ll always have high regards for the show and for her. But now, I’m good.”
The Bachelor’s 24th season starring Peter Weber is currently airing on Monday nights at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.