Guess what, Bachelor Nation? Ben Higgins has put a ring on it! Higgins and his lady love Jess Clarke are engaged!
Last year, Ben Higgins made all of our hearts happy when he became Insta-Official with 24-year-old Jess Clarke. Apparently, Ben was the one who initiated contact by slipping into her DMs, asking if she would have his rose (I'm ad libbing. Idk if that actually happened).
Higgins has been hinting at a 2020 proposal since January, saying:
"I don’t think that’s a question. 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."
The twosome have been quarantining together at his family's home since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our country.
Higgins told US Weekly that social distancing has helped to prep them for marriage:
"I believe that all time together helps you prep for the next steps. This has definitely been another time where being with Jess has made me excited for our next steps."
Congratulations to Ben and Jess! <3
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The Bachelor finale did not disappoint in the drama department, as we saw some pretty uncomfortable moments involving Peter's doting mother Barbara. Before we get to that, let's breakdown what happened..
Things played out as predicted by RS: Peter proposed to Hannah Ann, she accepted. They stayed engaged for a few months after that last day in Australia. The engagement came to a painful end after Hannah Ann visited him in L.A. Apparently they hadn't talked for a month, and Peter was still working through his feelings for Madison. He ended the engagement, and Hannah Ann stuck up for herself (in a similar matter as Clare Crawley did at the end of Juan Pablo's season). I was very proud of Hannah Ann for standing her ground.
Cut to the live finale:
Peter and Hannah Ann reunited for the first time in a long time, and it was definitely rough. She felt blindsided by Peter ending the engagement. Peter pretty much told her he couldn't go through with the whole thing if he couldn't give her his whole heart. Hannah Ann was still pissed off and annoyed by the whole thing (rightly so).
After that sit-down, Chris Harrison showed footage of Madison regretting her departure from the show and wanting another chance with Peter. She flew to L.A. and reunited with Peter in previously aired footage (by the way, it breaks girl code to pursue a guy that had just ended an engagement with a fellow contestant/friend). Madison and Peter reunited at the finale and said they were taking things slow, much to the dismay of Peter's ENTIRE family. Peter's mom had words for Madison, saying she was cold and not very authentic. Barbara did not like the fact Madison made her family wait 3 hours to meet her in Australia. She also did not like the fact that Madison did not apologize for the delay. Madison hardly acknowledged Barbara's feelings, neither did Peter. Peter stood by Madison, despite his family not approving of Madison.
Listen, I know what it's like to be dating someone and the family does not approve of you. I dated a guy for 3 and a half years (we lived together for 2 years and it was pretty serious), and his family did not like me. I was very much like Madison, and did not care what the family thought about me. I thought it was unfair that his family had negative feelings for me. Eventually, he listened to his family and we broke up (he recently married someone that his family loves and I'm so happy for them all. Really!). I didn't realize until 5 years later, and becoming the mom of a boy, how poorly I handled that situation. Family is everything, and if you have competent family members, their opinion will mean everything. Also, a mother's intuition is ALWAYS RIGHT, especially when it comes to her son. When a family does not approve of a relationship, it will ultimately end. It happened to me, and it will happen to Peter and Madison's relationship.
I admire how much my ex's family loves him, and that's the type of protection I will have over my son.
Barbara loves her son and wants him to be with the greatest woman in the world. Barbara, keep praying for Peter, and never doubt your mama intuition!
As for Peter, mama's know best. Don't discredit a mama's intuition for a relationship you're unsure of. At the end of the day, all you will have is family.
As a long-time Bachelor fan, I have never dealt with this much show anxiety. First, we are told that Peter will propose to Madison at the final rose ceremony. Then we are told that he ends up with his producer. One prediction I found floating around is that he ends up with Victoria F.
Now, I am learning that RS thinks that Peter will be proposing to Hannah Ann at the final rose ceremony. Yeah. Madison ends up leaving, and Peter proposes to Hannah Ann in Australia. But....they don't stay engaged. They end the engagement after 3 months and he pursues Madison...and they are in a relationship! RS said that their relationship will be revealed on After the Final Rose, and Peter will propose to her.
Here's some more tea: When Peter's mother says "Don't let her go," she is referring to Hannah Ann. Turns out the Weber's are pro-Hannah Ann.
Tune in tonight for part 1 of the season finale. I need some wine and Xanax.
(I really hope that Clare's season isn't as mind-f*cked as Peter's)
Ya'll, I've face-palmed so much while watching this guy, I may have a concussion.
A 23-year-old surfer from Hawaii named Lou Dawg was called to audition for Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.
Before he even began to song, mama-to-be Katy Perry called Dawg out for not knowing who any of the judges are. She challenged Dawg to name a song from any of the 3 judges. He said "Cry Me a River," (because he thought Luke Bryan was Justin Timberlake). Luke Bryan was both flattered and amused at the comparison. Dawg knew who Katy Perry was, but could not name a song of hers. Actually, he thought she sang "Chandelier (the rest of the world knows that song was sung by Sia)." Then they moved to the legendary Lionel Richie. Dawg did NOT know who Lionel Richie was. Richie stormed off the stage for a moment, said he has been in the industry for 243 years, and then re-joined the rest of the judges. Dawg, bless his heart, asked him if he did Wheel of Fortune (FML). Richie turned his chair away in shock, while Bryan laughed his ass off. Dawg even called him Pat!!
Dawg performed an original song, where he sounded a lot like Jack Johnson. The judges didn't take him seriously and sent him packin'! The judges dubbed him a "Dreamboat."
Not every surfer Dawg has their day. Hang ten, bro!
That audition is going to haunt my dreams. And it's not because he's a "Dreamboat."
My advice to Mr. Dawg is to put down the crackpipe, and brush up on some pop culture. k thanks!
Oh, and Dawg, Alibris has a ton of books and music so you can get to know the 3 singers you baffled on live TV! Link is below! #YoureWelcome
When Chris Harrison teased that this was going to be a season full of twists and turns, and that the finale will be unlike anything we've ever seen, he was right.
Reality Steve has been saying from the beginning that Peter ends up with Madison, and that he may even propose to young Madison during "After the Final Rose."
The thing that makes Reality Steve's prediction confusing is that an Exec from ABC has been teasing that Peter ends up with his producer Julie LaPlaca. The exec, Rob Mills, pretty much dropped the mic to Variety about their relationship:
"I can't really comment. He is very, very close to her. She's the producer who is sort of his day-to-day producer, so she's there with him, and she knows Peter very well and knows his family very well. They're all very fond of her. That is all I will say."
Rob ALSO said that the dramatic scene with Peter and his mom ("Don't let her go.") is not about who all of us thinks it's about (everyone thinks it is about Madison).
On top of all of this tea, RS has been drowning in conflicting reports about the finale. He is calling the whole situation "MADNESS!"
Bachelor Nation, this is going to be the craziest finale ever! For all we know, Peter Weber will probably run off with Nick Viall!
Excuse me while I go grab some wine and Xanax. First, I gotta clean up all this tea I unloaded on ya'lls!
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And your new Bachelorette is....CLARE CRAWLEY!
The news was announced Monday during "Good Morning America." The newly crowed Bachelorette made the announcement herself, mentioning that she found out for herself over the past weekend.
The 38-year-old made her first appearance on Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor in 2014. She then appeared on two seasons of "Bachelor in Paradise," and one season of "Bachelor Winter Games."
Crawley is now considered to be the oldest Bachelorette at 38, and many are wondering how old her suitors are going to be. Casting is currently underway for Crawley's season, so we shall find out soon!
My Two Cents
I am stoked that Clare is going to be The Bachelorette. While the Bachelor shows are geared toward the younger adults, it's incredible to have someone my age as the leading lady (as much as the youngins are entertaining, I don't relate to any of them). I am hoping that the men chosen will be age-appropriate (born in the 1970s and 1980s). I would hate to see the producers cast men who are 10+ years younger than her. What will a 20-something have in common with a woman in her late-30s? Guys in their 20s weren't even born in the 1980s! Clare deserves suitors in the same age range as her.
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