Lauren Bushnell shares first photo of new beau Devin Antin on Instagram
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/07/2017
Lauren Bushnell has pretty much made her new romance with rumored boyfriend Devin Antin "Instagram official."
The Season 20 The Bachelor winner shared a picture of Devin on one of her Instagram stories on Friday, August 4, Us Weekly reported.
In the picture, Devin -- wearing a black baseball hat and rocking a scruffy beard -- is shown leading Lauren down a cobblestone path hand in hand.
Lauren wrote "OK CUTIE" on the back of his T-shirt, adding an emoticon that has red hearts for eyes. The only part of Lauren that can be seen in the photo is her hand.
Before posting the sweet photo of her new man, a 28-year-old real estate investor from Los Angeles, Lauren shared a telling quote on Instagram nearly three months after announcing her split from ex-fiance Ben Higgins.
"You can't always wait for the perfect time," the quote read, according to Us. "Sometimes, you have to dare to do it because life is too short to wonder what could have been."
The pair posed for a sunset photo shoot near the beach, so all signs pointed to the fact Lauren was getting ready to go public with her new relationship. However, she has yet to post any of the professional photos on social media.
Up until the Maui trip, Lauren had been trying to keep her dating life under wraps, probably out of respect for Ben, who has publicly declared on his podcast with Ashley Iaconetti that it's difficult to even think about kissing another girl right now.
"If I were to kiss somebody right now in my life, it would hold a lot of weight," Ben, 29, said late last month on the Ben and Ashley I: Almost Famous Podcast.
"It would be really hard for me -- right now, for me to kiss anybody... My chest kind of gets tight. I know that's really difficult for me. I don't know when I'm ready [to date again]. This kind of stuff, dating and relationships, are things that are very sensitive to me right now. It's just not something I want to talk about."
Sources close to Lauren and Devin told TMZ the pair met two years ago before Lauren competed for Ben's heart onThe Bachelor in 2016; however, Lauren and Devin were strictly friends at the time.
Once the blonde beauty and Ben officially called it quits on their engagement in May, Lauren allegedly reconnected with Devin and a romance sparked. The sources told TMZ that there was no overlap between Lauren's breakup with Ben and when she began dating Devin.
Last month, Lauren and Devin were spotted at a baseball game together, and in June, the pair attended an NBA basketball game. The couple appears to be having fun and spending a lot of time together. Us reported in July that Lauren had already met several members of her beau's family.
Ben and Lauren got engaged on The Bachelor's 20th season during the show's March 2016 finale. Six months later, the pair decided to star on their own Freeform spinoff, Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, which premiered in October of last year and documented their life together in Denver, CO.