Spilling secrets and techniques. Ben Higgins opened up about the true cause for his drastic weight reduction throughout season 20 of The Bachelor, which he claims the present beforehand tried to preserve below wraps.
“The craziest thing that ever happened to me on this franchise, which I can speak to you openly [about] now, is I had a massive parasite the whole time I was on the show,” Higgins, 31, revealed in Us Weekly‘s exclusive clip of his upcoming appearance on Fubo Sports’ Drinks With Binks. “I was in Honduras — which is a country I love — for a wedding. I get a parasite in my gut. It hits me the week that filming starts.”
The Indiana native was cast because the lead for the twentieth season of the ABC relationship sequence, which aired in 2016, after beforehand on the lookout for love on Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s season of The Bachelorette. For the complete three months that he filmed his journey to discover The One, Higgins had “an incredible stomach flu” that resulted in him dropping 30 kilos.
“It was blamed on being stressed and anxious,” the “Almost Famous” podcast host added. “You can’t really share this after the show because that isn’t a great look for The Bachelor, it’s not a great look for the contestants. It’s not a great look for the show that I was sick the whole time.”
Higgins’ parasite posed a problem for him on his intimate one-on-one dates, which he joked he had to “run” away from when he felt a wave of illness coming. “That’s the craziest story that I’ve kind of kept hidden,” he continued.
At the tip of his season, the truth star proposed to Lauren Bushnell, however the pair referred to as it quits in May 2017. The Alone in Plain Sight creator has since moved on with fiancée Jessica Clarke, whereas Bushnell, 31, tied the knot with nation singer Chris Lane in October 2019. The pair introduced in December 2020 that they’re anticipating their first youngster collectively.
Looking again on his time on The Bachelor, Higgins not too long ago admitted that he felt an added stress after being labeled by the present because the “perfect” man.
“I had massive expectations on who I was and at that time, I wasn’t even talking about it. But inside, I felt far from perfect,” he mentioned on Us Weekly‘s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in January. “I felt far from adequate, like, I didn’t even feel sufficient. … And that’s a sad thought because I also knew and I still know that [the show] is a lot of what my story is gonna be. Maybe not forever. I hope, my life story, my legacy is not built on the show, but it has been to this point. And, like, if my legacy is built on something that is not true that [is] an isolating feeling.”
Drinks With Binks airs on Fubo TV Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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