Ben Higgins' new mystery girlfriend: Who is the former 'The Bachelor' star's new love?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/24/2019
Ben Higgins has announced he has a new girlfriend, but the former The Bachelor star says he is not ready to reveal her identity just yet. So who is she?!
During a recent interview with Colton Underwood, Ben disclosed there's a special woman in his life and he would reveal her name in a couple of weeks on his "The Ben and Ashley I: Almost Famous" podcast.
However, Bachelor Nation has allegedly beaten Ben to the punch and figured out who the woman is that stole Ben's heart.
According to Bachelor Nation spoiler sleuths, Ben's new mystery girlfriend is Jessica Clarke, a 23-year-old recent college graduate and brunette beauty who lives in Nashville, TN.
"Apparently the story was that Jessica and Ben had briefly met at a bar in Nashville a while back and she kind of forgot about it/he didn't seem interested at the time," a Reddit user claimed in a since-deleted post last week.
"A couple months later he slid into her dms saying something along the lines of 'I just saw a photo of you pop up on my explore feed and remember meeting you in Nashville. I never dm girls but I figured I'd be stupid to pass up a second chance at getting to talk to you.'"
According to another Reddit user, Ben visited Jessica in Nashville right before Christmas, and she then visited him shortly after the holiday.
"They spent New Years together in Colorado skiing [and] snowboarding," said the spoiler sleuth.
"I know someone who has been friends with Ben forever. She told me she's the shortest/smallest/skinniest person she's seen in real life and is beautiful and even prettier in person. And apparently she's around 22?"
A third Reddit user claiming to have a mutual friend with Ben has heard Jessica, who just graduated from the University of Mississippi in May 2018 and was a member of the university's track and field team, is "super sweet" but "young."
Speculation Jessica is Ben's new girlfriend is further fueled by the fact Ben follows her on Instagram and has liked all of her recent postings. Some of Ben's friends also follow Jessica on social media now.
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In addition, Jessica boasts an impressive number of followers on Instagram that continues to increase at a drastic rate, seemingly indicating she has picked up Ben's loyal fans. Jessica currently has almost 10,000 followers.
When Ben confirmed he has a new girlfriend earlier this week, he gushed about how the unidentified woman is "the best, purest person" he knows.
Ben also said they have a long-distance relationship and FaceTime constantly.
It was widely believed Ben and Lauren were truly in love and going to make it long-term, but after more than one year together and starring in a spinoff called Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? on Freeform, the couple announced their decision to end their engagement in May 2017.
While it took quite a while for Ben to get over the split and find himself ready to date again, Lauren moved on within a couple of months by getting romantically involved with Devin Antin, whom she had met on Tinder prior to appearing on The Bachelor and dated for a little over one year.