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Chris Harrison Admits Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Tested’ His Relationship With Lauren Zima

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Bachelor host Chris Harrison said the coronavirus has changed his relationship with Lauren Zima. Couples are spending more time than ever these days. Some are having a hard time getting along.

But not for Chris Harrison and longtime girlfriend Lauren Zima. The coronavirus has “tested” their relationship in the best way possible. The couple has been successfully practicing social distancing in Los Angeles. Chris feels that the isolation period has brought them “closer” than ever.

Bachelor host feels positive about his romance with Lauren Zima

Bachelor host and executive producer Chris Harrison knows a thing or two about romance. He’s the one you would go to if you need dating advice. Chris says his relationship with Entertainment Tonight correspondent Lauren Zima is as strong as ever. The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly led to an increase in divorces and breakups, but not for this couple. They spoke to People about how self-isolating together has increased their bond.

“I think it’s helped bring us closer together,” Chris Harrison admitted. “I think it’s helped us love each other more, respect and I think, appreciate the little things in each other a lot more because there is no getting away or just running away from this. We’re stuck. We’re in.”

The couple started dating in 2018. They used this time to launch their home project, a nightly Instagram series called Group Date. Harrison and Zima started the project to connect with Bachelor fans on a nightly basis. This is great news since the Bachelor franchise is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Zima revealed that this new project is for a good cause as well.

“[We] haven’t see any of our friends and we just wanted to give people something fun to do at night, if they were going to stay at home, which we wanted them to do,” Zima said. “We all need a sense of community right now. We all need something to look forward to and so, we wanted to give people that and then at the same time raise money.”

Chris Harrison feels uncomfortable putting his relationship on display on social media

The ABC host is normally private when it comes to his personal life. Chris Harrison admits that it has been an adjustment to put his relationship out there on social media every night. Harrison doesn’t usually talk about his love life. Oftentimes, he’s the one who’s talking about other people’s relationships. But Harrison and Zima have found a “happy medium” when it comes to using social media.

“This is a happy medium and another gray area we’ve been trying to find,” Harrison said. “I am intensely private and don’t live out despite what I do for a living. Lauren is much more the type of person that lives out loud. So she is trying to teach me, and I’m trying to meet halfway in the middle.”

While the increased quality time hasn’t been ideal, Harrison admits that they learned more about each other. He also feels there will be more “corona babies” and “corona breakups” during this challenging time. Relationships will get tested, including Harrison and Zima’s. However, the couple does get “frustrated” when they don’t see eye-to-eye.

How the coronavirus will impact The Bachelorette

Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bachelor Nation wonders if the season will ever get filmed. Harrison revealed that The Bachelorette will still move forward. It’s just not going to happen until it is safe to do so. When the series does return, it will address the public health crisis.

“When we shoot Clare’s season, it’s going to be indicative of what’s happening in the world,” Harrison told People. “Obviously, there will be talks of the pandemic and, ‘What were you doing quarantining and who were you with?’ Those are going to be the conversations that we’re going to embrace.”

It may also change the way that the contestants interact with each other. Will they kiss or hug? Will affection be allowed? It’ll be interesting to see what happens on the news season of The Bachelorette.

Chanel Adams

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