With that in mind, it’s not too surprising that the Bachelor couple hasn’t been keeping up with this season of The Bachelorette starring JoJo Fletcher, who was the runner-up on Higgins’ season of The Bachelor.
“We actually haven’t been watching this season,” Higgins, 28, tells PEOPLE. “Our life is really crazy. We travel all the time.”
And while Higgins admits the franchise was “such a large part of Lauren and I’s life for so long,” the couple has plenty of other things to focus on nowadays.
“[The Bachelor] was so good to us, but I think, instead of consuming ourselves for the last month and the next couple of months with more Bachelorette stuff, [it’s important] that we kind of just step away and take time for each other,” Higgins says.
As for their decision to sign up for their own reality show, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, which is coming to Freeform this fall, Higgins says they wanted to share their lives with their fans.
“For Lauren and I, we realized really quickly that our life was not going to be as private as we may have dreamed it would be, post-Bachelor,” Higgins says. “So with that we thought, ‘If everybody else cares so much about our life, why would we not allow people to come into our life via cameras again?’ ”
“We have a lot to share right now, our life is pretty exciting. It moves quickly. We have a lot going on,” he continues. “When the idea was kind of thrown at us, like: ‘Hey, can you just document what’s going on in your lives?’ We thought ‘Why not? Bring it all in, bring the whole world back into our life.’ ”
And despite the “reality show curse” that befalls many couples, Higgins and Bushnell, 26, have vowed not to let it happen to them – though they admit they were concerned about it.
“Our main concern when the show came about was, ‘Well, is it going to take away from our relationship being a priority? Is it going to get in the way of that?’ ” Bushnell says.
“I think the reality show curse is nothing more than just there being so many distractions and then the relationship isn’t a priority,” she adds. “I think that for us, we really promised each other that that’s not going to be the case and we’re always going to put each other first. If that means taking a step away from something else, we’re going to do that. With that promise, I think it eased a lot of my fears and my worries, and same with Ben.”
Higgins also touched on how he thinks the new show might affect his decision to potentially run as a Republican for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives in November.
“It’s kind of hard to say. I’m sure it will at some level, either positive or negative,” he says. “I think what it does do is give transparency to who I am as a person and who I want to be as a person, which I hope in turn, if I decide to run and if it works out that I do run, will help people feel more comfortable with me in leadership. I hope it affects it in a positive way.”
Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After is set to premiere in October on Freeform.