“The Bachelor’s” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Split

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To everyone’s surprise Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell have called it quits.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” they tell PEOPLE in a statement. “We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.”

The couple met on Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, which premiered in January 2016. Higgins, 29, ultimately offered his final rose and proposed to Bushnell, 27. Higgins and Bushnell returned to the small screen for one season of their Freeform reality show Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?

Since those shows, they hosted Freeform’s “Disney’s Fairytale Weddings

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