The Bachelor formula is a simple one: After the rose, comes a ring (Neil Lane, to be exact). And after the ring, comes a preferably televised wedding special. It's a simple system, and one that requires a fair amount of on-theme rosé to watch, but we're fans of the formula. Don't judge. Therefore, and understandably so, we were clutching our pearls in fear that season 20 stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell weren't going to get their happily ever after when rumors began swirling that the pair split. Did the couple abandon the Bachelor Nation blueprint?! Are they calling it quits?! WTH is going on?! Thankfully, Higgins just took to Instagram to set the record straight on his relationship Bushnell.
After Bushnell received the final rose and scored some Neil Lane bling from Higgins at the close of their season, the busy pair began planning their wedding. But the reality show duo later decided to call off the wedding — remaining engaged, but slowing down their rush to the altar.
"We weren’t ready to jump into a wedding. And we both needed to take a step back from life in the limelight," Bushnell explained to People at the time. "I still want to marry Lauren, very much so," added Higgins. "Our relationship is better now than it has ever been."
However, fans recently began speculating that Bushnell and Higgins have in fact called it quits entirely after the blonde beauty headed to Mexico to celebrate her birthday — sans both her man and engagement ring, according to her Instagram story. So what's the real deal, here?
According to the former Bachelor himself, those break-up rumors are just that — rumors. Thank the Bachelor Nation gods, y'all! Higgins posted a sweet snapshot of himself and his sweetie to his Instagram page on Wednesday, in which he addressed those #AlternativeFacts.
"No need to respond often to rumors or 'fake news' but the feeling I have in this picture is the same feeling I have for this girl today," Higgins captioned the photo. "We have entered into a world where rumors will exist we know that, but just know as @laurenbushnell celebrates her birthday tomorrow I am still extremely lucky to be able to share life with her and be by her side."
Aww! And phew!