It may look like “The Bachelor” couple Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi are heading to their happily ever after, but it is going to be a rough start, according to a former star of the show.
“It sounds like their relationship is off to maybe a difficult start … He needs to start investing in their relationship more than anything else. It is a tough season of life,” said Ben Higgins, “The Bachelor” season 20 leading man, to Entertainment Tonight.
“He’s no longer the Bachelor, and it’s time for him just to humble himself and be a good partner,” Higgins continued his advice to the show’s season 21 principal star.
The reality star and his fiance, Lauren Bushnell, met and got engaged on the dating show. They previously starred the “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?” series on ABC in 2016.
For a woman-to-woman advice, Bushnell would like to tell 29-year-old Grimaldi to be always open about their relationship struggles.
“I would just say, ‘Talk to people. If you are struggling, talk to Nick, talk to friends, talk to your family — don’t bottle it all up,'” Bushnell expressed and added that like Ben, Nick would never intentionally hurt the woman he loves. Hence, it’s important to forgive and move forward.
During the show’s “After the Final Rose” special episode, Grimaldi admitted that she had fights with Viall several times. It is the fights that make them authentic and honest about their relationship, says Higgins and Bushnell.
“Lauren and I have been there, and we know that time in life is really hard,” Higgins explained.
The couple is currently in Los Angeles, California, working alongside Emily and Haley Ferguson for their spinoff show, “The Twins: Happily Ever After?” on Freeform.
In a Feb. 7 interview with E! News, Higgins denied that he and Bushnell have broken up. He confirmed that they are either getting married or will have their wedding plans finalized this year.