The Real Reason The Bachelor's Ben Higgins And Jessica Clarke Sleep In Separate Rooms

For The Bachelor's Ben Higgins, his so-called private life has become public record. His split from former fiancé Lauren Bushnell was splashed across the headlines after all, and now his engagement to Jessica Clarke has social media awash with well wishes for the happy couple. However, Ben told his fellow Bachelor alum Nick Viall something that caught fans' attention — Ben and Jessica have chosen to quarantine together during the coronavirus pandemic, but they are not sharing the same bed.

On the April 22, 2020 episode of The Viall Files, Ben told Nick that, while he and Jessica are on lockdown at her family's home in Tennessee, they remain in separate bedrooms because they are waiting until marriage to have sex. "Right now she has a bedroom upstairs at her parents' house, I'm in the downstairs," he said (via Wonderwall). "It's like a respect level and also just like how — what the logistics of it is."

Ben confirmed his remarks on his Almost Famous podcast with Bachelor alum Ashley Iaconetti. "We are excited about this decision," the 31-year-old said. "We wanted to do that because we knew that we had something special, and we wanted to do some things personally to make sure that we were setting ourselves up for the most success. This is one of the decisions that we've made, and it's been really good for us."

Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke got engaged during lockdown

As the coronavirus forces people to alter or postpone their wedding plans, COVID-19 pushed former "Bachelor" Ben Higgins to tweak his romantic plans, too. Originally, Ben expected to propose to girlfriend Jessica Clarke in New York City. But, with stay-at-home orders now in place, Ben had to improvise. To ensure her family was included in the moment, Ben and Jessica drove to their home in Tennessee and he proposed in her backyard — literally.

"I went back to a pond behind her house, and we had set it up with sunflowers near a bench. It's right in their backyard, but a little hidden. I proposed and her family and mine were watching from a distance, and then we all celebrated together," Ben told Entertainment Tonight. "I was super nervous. She's my best friend, my partner and I love her. I was nervous to kind of do this whole thing in front of her. I wasn't anxious, it's just a big moment!"

However, he had nothing to be nervous about — it was a success. "This is exactly how I would have wanted it to be," Jessica said. "Central Park would have been magical and special in its own way. But it's really cool that we just got to be together last night and not really have to talk to anyone else but my family. It was great. It was perfect." What a joyous occasion!

Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke are 'celebrating' their self-isolation

While COVID-19 has inspired some celebrity couples to quarantine separately, Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke are "celebrating" togetherness during this time of self-isolation. "The one thing that's been cool is Jess and I have been together for a year and a half, but our time together was very sporadic," Ben told E! News. "The thing that has made us unique in the celebration is being able to be in one place together consistently. Eating food, having a drink, spending time with family."

"The other night, Jess' sister-in-law said, 'This has been, in a sense, a huge benefit of the self-isolation. We wouldn't have gotten to know you as well as we have if this hadn't been happening.' And so for us, that's how we're celebrating," he continued. "At night, when I come up the stairs after a day and I see her smiling face, I'm excited to pour a drink and to have a dinner and to watch a movie with her."

And although their wedding plans might be on hold, the pair truly appreciates the moment they're in right now. "Getting every single night on the couch together has kind of just reaffirmed how he is my best friend," Jessica said. These two are the perfect definition of #CoupleGoals.

Ben Higgins' decision reminds us of another Bachelor's choice to abstain until marriage

When The Bachelor's Sean Lowe rode off into the sunset on an elephant with fiancé Catherine Giudici at the end of the 17th season, fans were already aware the infamous "Virgin Bachelor" and his future bride planned to abstain from sex until marriage. "My faith has been the center of my life for a long time and it's the center of her life as well, and that's no secret," Sean told Good Morning America in 2013. "We are proud of that fact. We realize that it's viewed as kind of being weird these days, but we are not going to shy away from it. We are unapologetic."

Now, six years of marriage and three children later, respect and commitment remain the keys to their successful relationship. "Catherine had to leave her hometown of Seattle, leave her job, leave her friends and basically start a new life with me," Sean told E! News in 2019. "But she committed to love me and to work on our relationship and she continued to work after we were married in our marriage to be the best wife she possibly could be, which isn't always easy after making all those sacrifices."

When you stop to consider that Sean is still the only Bachelor who married the woman he proposed to during the finale, it's obvious he and Catherine have something special. We wish Ben Higgins and Jessica Clarke that same happiness!