Lauren Bushnell is really “happy” following her split from Ben Higgins — at least according to her friend, Amanda Stanton.
ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Stanton at a photo shoot celebrating fellow Bachelor alum Sarah Herron’s non-profit, SheLift, in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she opened up about Bushnell’s life post-breakup, but played coy on her possible new romance.
“I can’t say anything about that,” Stanton teased when asked about Bushnell’s new beau, Devin Antin, before revealing that she’s “really happy [Bushnell] is happy.”
“I think it’s good for her to be back here in LA. She’s closer to her friends. She has a lot of support out here from everyone, so I think it’s good for her,” shared the blogger, who met Bushnell when they both vied for Higgins’ heart on The Bachelor. “Going through a breakup, especially a public breakup, is so hard and I think [I’ve supported her by] just being there for her, as far as having girls nights and talking to her on the phone. I tried to be there for her as much as I could. “
Stanton says that Bushnell and Higgins, who announced they ended their engagement in May, don’t “really talk, but they are on good terms.”
The mother of two, who ended her own relationship with Josh Murray in December after getting engaged on season three of Bachelor in Paradise, said she was “hesitant” to return to the reality show for season four.
“I did walk away engaged last time, and that didn’t work out, and that was a really hard time for me,” she revealed. “I think one of the reasons I wanted to go back was to kind of end it on a different note, and I went in with a different approach than I did the first time. I think I had more fun this time, was less serious [and] didn’t rush into anything, so yeah, I’m glad I went back and did it a bit differently.”
“I don’t even feel like I know [Josh anymore], you know what I mean? We don’t talk at all,” she added. “I know there was, like, some articles that came out recently, saying I was, like, blowing his phone up when I got back from Paradise, which is false. I haven’t talked to him at all, at all since I’ve been back.”
The reality star has also found herself fighting back against commenters on social media who criticize how much time she spends with her two young daughters, Charlie and Kinsley.
“I think people forget that they have a dad, because I am a single mom and they look at my Instagram and it’s always me with the kids, but they do go to [their dad’s] house every other weekend and they see him one night during the week too,” she explained. “It gives me a little bit of time where if I have an event, or if I have to travel, I always try to plan it on dates where I don’t have them.”
“[When I went to Paradise], I had help from my mom, and they still see their dad, [and] this is the last time I’m gonna do Paradise, so it’s like, ‘Why not?'” she continued. “I was gone for, like, 10 days, and [now] I’m back and I’m with them all the time.”
Stanton, who is planning one last family trip before Kinsley starts kindergarten this fall, said it’s also important to teach her girls about empowerment, like Herron’s organization, SheLift, does for those with physical and emotional differences.
“Having two daughters and just knowing how important it is to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, that’s another reason why I really love what Sarah’s doing,” she shared. “It’s something that I make an effort to teach my kids everyday.”