According to an insider, Higgins made love to all three bacheloretttes during his round of fantasy suite dates in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, which worsened the fact he ended up saying "I love you" to two of them when he could only pick one at the end of his journey, Us Weekly reported in its February 22 issue.
"Ben was intimate with all the finalists," the insider said.
Higgins' behavior reportedly came as a surprise considering he's a devout Christian. His decision to have sex with each bachelorette also made each woman feel like she had won his heart when the competition was tense and fierce. However, Higgins fell in love with two women and told them both that was the case.
"The women were all so confident in Ben's feelings after the fantasy suite dates," the insider explained. "[They] didn't realize just how torn Ben was."
Even when Higgins was picking out a Neil Lane engagement ring, the insider said he was "still uncertain" about which bachelorette to propose to because he "saw something he liked in both girls."
A production source told Us that both women were loving, nice and serious about wanting to find a husband, so while Higgins was examining rings, he was "extremely emotional about everything in that moment."
ABC has released a couple preview clips of The Bachelor's Season 20's finale during which Higgins told his parents he loved two women who were both too good to walk away from. He also cried to the cameras about how he must say goodbye to someone who truly didn't deserve it.
"It doesn't feel right. This is the biggest mistake I've made and I want to keep her in my life. I don't want to say goodbye, because that's how much I love her," Higgins was shown saying after closing the door of the bachelorette's limo.
"I'm about to get on one knee and ask a woman to marry me, unfortunately I just love somebody else more."
The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss told Us that because one woman gets completely blindsided in the end, the finale of Higgins' season is going to be "brutal" and the most dramatic one yet.
"Sometimes you get those exits and the girls seem sort of relieved. Not this time. There's heavy, heavy heartbreak," Fleiss revealed. "Ben took everything seriously more than any Bachelor we've ever had... [The process] hit Ben really hard."
"He wasn't disingenuous," the insider noted. "Ben does have the capability to love more than one person."
Higgins did what he had to do, according to the production source, "but he had to go through hell" and saying goodbye to a bachelorette he truly loved "will leave a scar."