A week after he and Lauren Bushnell announced their break up, Ben Higgins sparked romance rumors with a former Bachelor contestant Ashley Iaconetti.
On Monday’s episode of On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ben explained the whole concert situation.
“[Ashley and I] started planning this podcast months ago way before any of this [separation news] happened,” Higgins told Seacrest, noting that their podcast premieres on Tuesday and will be “Bachelor and Bachelorette-focused.”
But is he ready to start dating again?
“I’m not anywhere close to that and I don’t think [Lauren] is either. Ben said after being asked who would be the first one to move on. I would say that whenever that happens, I don’t think either of us will find it easy. But I get it, that’s life.”
What happens to the 4.25-carat engagement ring Ben gave to Lauren at the proposal?
“I believe that we’ll have to give that back. Probably soon, I don’t know when or how … They give you this ring, but obviously if you don’t make it, it makes sense that you have to give it back.”