It looks like there will be no politics after proposal. Bachelor Ben Higgins is no longer running for office in Colorado, he announced Friday, July 22.
The Season 20 hunk, who currently lives in northwest Denver with his fiancee Lauren Bushnell, released a statement on Friday saying he is no longer seeking public office.
“I regret that I must withdraw my candidacy. Despite my best efforts to pursue this opportunity in good faith, I recently received information that has made such a pursuit unworkable,” he shared in his statement (via ABC News). “Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate. I find solace in knowing that our intentions and actions have been fair and sincere.”
The Bachelor filed paperwork this past Wednesday, July 20, announcing his formal run as a Republican in Colorado’s House District 4. The actual precinct is largely Democratic, and his opponent would have been Democratic Representative Dan Pabon.
Higgins first suggested he was considering running for public office last month. In an interview with The Colorado Independent, the reality heartthrob told the paper that he was “seriously considering” running for a seat.
“Whatever lies ahead, love, grace, and hope are ideals that guide my life. I will take them with me into my next adventure,” Higgins said at the time. “Lauren and I aren’t sure yet what that will be, but in terms of representing House District 4, Willie Pinkston is an amazing person and any decision I make regarding entering the race will be based on what is best for Willie, his family and for Lauren and me.”
Republican Pinkston withdrew from the election in early July.
Higgins is currently filming his Bachelor spin-off, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After, with Bushnell. The series will premiere this October on ABC’s cable network Freeform.