“I’m trying. This is not easy, it hasn’t been easy. I don’t know how to do this well,” Higgins admitted during a Monday interview with On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “This isn’t the happiest time of my life, but Lauren and I both agree you just got to continue to move forward. What’s the other option?”
During the interview with Ryan Seacrest, Higgins shot down rumors he’s dating Iaconetti and also dished on life now that he no longer has a fiancee in the picture.
“Ashley is great. She’s [just] a good friend and a great co-host, and your co-host can be a friend as well, can we all agree?” Higgins, 29, explained to Seacrest after he was spotted enjoying a Bryan Adams concert with Iaconetti, 29, this past weekend in Los Angeles.
In addition to a friendship that began thanks to their ties to Bachelor Nation, Higgins and Iaconetti — who competed for Chris Soules on Season 19 — now have a working relationship. They are co-hosting a podcast together on the iHeartRadio app called Ben and Ashley: Almost Famous.
Iaconetti also previously told Us Weekly that she and Higgins are “totally just friends.”
Higgins insisted to Seacrest that the premiere of his podcast is just a coincidence with the timing of his split from Bushnell, which the couple had publicly announced on May 15 in a joint statement.
“[Ashley and I] started planning this podcast months ago, way before any of this [separation news] happened. Our podcast… it’s not just going to be Bachelor and Bachelorette-focused. It’s going to be a lot of things. It’s going to kind of be a lifestyle podcast that just has a lot of fun, great interviews,” Higgins revealed.