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Ben Higgins Ended Up In An Unlikely Club During His College Years

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Ben Higgins ended up in an unlikely club in college and it’s all because of his love for tobacco. The 31-year-old isn’t ashamed of it. In fact, it’s something he’s proud of.

The former Bachelor revealed he ended up in a group with 80-year-old men. Most college kids are into drinking and hooking up. But that wasn’t the case for Ben. He felt more at home with the older men. He shared the details of the club on Instagram. Read on to learn about Ben’s love for tobacco.

Former Bachelor joined a pipe-smoking club in college

As per Us Weekly, Ben Higgins doesn’t care what people think of his love for tobacco. He would rather smoke a pipe than drink a beer. He recalled that time in his life on Instagram, as part of Us Weekly’s “I Can Explain.” Ben posted a series of photos on his Instagram Stories. In one of the photos, Ben “treats” himself to a pipe. It’s a ritual that he learned in college.

“Since college, I read and study with a tobacco pipe. It’s something I switched on,” Ben revealed. “I couldn’t smoke cigars anymore. They left a bad taste in my mouth. So I joined a pipe-smoking club with a bunch of 80-year-olds and they used to share life with me in college.”

It’s become a “tradition” for the reality star. There are times when Ben finds himself smoking a pipe. It’s a “great practice” that he enjoys doing. However, he’s not advocating smoking. It “just brings back good memories” for him.

Ben also shared a photo of himself with his dad, David Higgins, sporting face masks. He admitted that his father usually doesn’t wear face masks. But he was willing to wear one to spend some time with his son. Ben and his father enjoyed a glass of wine together that day.

Ben Higgins reveals a touching story about his parents

In his Instagram post, he shared that his parents returned the favor. They gave him and his fiancé, Jessica Clarke, a romantic night at their restaurant back in April. Their special night occurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

Us Weekly first broke the news in March that the former ABC personality and 24-year-old model got engaged after a year of dating. Before Ben found love with Jessica, he appeared on Season 20 of The Bachelor. During the time, he proposed to Lauren Bushnell. The couple ended their engagement in May 2017.

Just because Ben is in a sentimental mood doesn’t mean he wants to watch his season over. He revealed that he and Jessica had no plans to watch his season last Monday. Ben didn’t want him and his fiancée to “feel any sort of heartbreak or sadness from that.”

“She’s going to get through that day, and probably the week afterward, with all the comments about my season, and then we’ll move on,” Ben explained. “But it’s not healthy, I don’t think, for her to probably watch it.”

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