'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima deny they're married after wedding-like Instagram photo posting
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/28/2021
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and girlfriend Lauren Zima have clarified they didn't get married following speculation they had a secret and spontaneous wedding.
Chris took to Instagram on Tuesday and posted a romantic black and white photo of himself kissing Lauren outside of a venue while he sported a black suit and she donned a low-cut seemingly white dress.
And Season 1 The Bachelorette star Trista Rehn wrote, "If you got married, I'm here for it and huge congratulations!!!"
But Chris and Lauren later confirmed The Bachelor host's posting was not a wedding announcement.
Lauren, 33, clarified, "Love you so much and appreciate all the 'congrats'! This *bridesmaids* dress is really living above its potential."
Lauren added a laughing-crying emoticon to her comment as well as a heart emoji and multiple praying-hands emojis.
Chris replied to Lauren's comment, "Wow you attend one wedding together... do one chicken dance and your hitched! Congrats Christine and Kevin on a beautiful wedding and the start of a wonderful life together. I do love this bridesmaid though."
Chris and the Entertainment Tonight reporter began dating in late 2018.
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"I DM'd him," Lauren told Nick during a July 2019 episode of The Viall Files podcast, according toUs Weekly. "I will say, I DM'd after a bit of a vibe."
After interacting in an "incredibly professional" atmosphere for years, Lauren reportedly revealed that Chris had given her "a different vibe" that was "fairly overt" at a craft services table.
"He mentioned something about picking his kids up or something. He somehow brought up being single, I think," Lauren recalled.
"And then I said something like, 'I'm single now,' and he was like, 'Oh.' But I said it in a more eloquent way. God, I don't know. Somehow it was communicated... I opened the door and he walked through."
Lauren said Chris asked her out for drinks after she initiated conversation with a direct message on Instagram.
The couple made their red carpet debut in January 2019 at Entertainment Weekly's pre-SAG Awards party.
Chris and Lauren's relationship clearly survived the longtime The Bachelor host's racism controversy.
Chris came under fire during Matt James' The Bachelor season after he defended Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell's racially-ignorant and racially-insensitive actions in the last several years during a controversial interview he had in February with Extra'sRachel Lindsay, who starred as the first Black Bachelorette.