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Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from 'The Bachelor' split, plus more romance updates this week

Wonderwall Logo By Wonderwall.com Editors of Wonderwall | Slide 1 of 21: <p>Another week, another batch of romance updates! After months of rumors that there was trouble in paradise, on May 15, "The Bachelor" Season 16 star Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell confirmed that they'd split. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," they told People magazine. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other..." A few days later, Ben elaborated. "I think mutually Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult," he said in a podcast with fellow Bachelor Nation star Ashley Iaconetti, as reported by E! News on May 17. "I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was -- for some reason -- slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn't necessarily like we dragged it out." The kicker? Lauren has to <a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/news/amid-split-lauren-bushnell-must-return-100k-engagement-ring-bachelor-3006668.article">return the ring</a> Ben gave her when he proposed on the show in 2016 -- per the rules, in the case of a broken engagement, <a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/news/bachelor-winner-lauren-bushnells-95k-ring-from-ben-higgins-all-the-details-1911936.article">the bling</a> goes back to producers, who will then return it to celebrity jeweler Neil Lane. The ring that Ben gave Lauren was <a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/entertainment/tv/the-bachelor-the-bachelorette-engagement-rings-revealed-34465.gallery?photoId=184325">quite impressive</a>: It's estimated to be worth between $95,000 and $100,000 and featured 4.6 carats of diamonds.</p>

Another week, another batch of romance updates! After months of rumors that there was trouble in paradise, on May 15, "The Bachelor" Season 16 star Ben Higgins and fiancée Lauren Bushnell confirmed that they'd split. "It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," they told People magazine. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other..." A few days later, Ben elaborated. "I think mutually Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult," he said in a podcast with fellow Bachelor Nation star Ashley Iaconetti, as reported by E! News on May 17. "I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was -- for some reason -- slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn't necessarily like we dragged it out." The kicker? Lauren has to return the ring Ben gave her when he proposed on the show in 2016 -- per the rules, in the case of a broken engagement, the bling goes back to producers, who will then return it to celebrity jeweler Neil Lane. The ring that Ben gave Lauren was quite impressive: It's estimated to be worth between $95,000 and $100,000 and featured 4.6 carats of diamonds.

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