“The Bachelor” stars Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell may look like the perfect couple, but the two are now opening up about the fact that they have faced their fair share of struggles since getting engaged almost a year ago. Ben and Lauren have a new show about to debut on the Freeform network, but they're also talking about some of the work they're doing privately on their relationship. What's the scoop?

Why are the 'Bachelor' lovebirds in counseling?

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are opening up to People about the fact that they are getting some couples counseling through their church in Denver.

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“The Bachelor” stars say that they are far from a perfect couple, but they love one another a lot so they are trying very hard to make things work. They admit that there have been some struggles related to the bizarre circumstances through which they fell in love, while he was dating quite a few other women, and there are times where things been quite hard in their relationship.

Lauren and Ben explain that by doing the counseling, they hope to build a pure, honest, and healthy foundation for their relationship.

The “Bachelor” lovebirds say that they have had some struggles and arguments, but they feel they are stronger for what they've gone through and they aren't going to be giving up. They insist that they are committed to one another and that they are anxious to spend their life together.

Ben and Lauren are focused on their relationship

Of course, many franchise couples would have raced to one of the “Marriage Boot Camp” reality television shows like many others from the show have done so they could snag a nice paycheck as they faced their problems.

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Fans will surely be pleased, however, to see that Ben and Lauren are taking this seriously and, at least for now, are putting their relationship ahead of the paycheck they could have gotten from addressing their challenges in front of cameras.

Higgins and Bushnell say they have not yet set a wedding date, but it does sound as if they are moving in that direction. Some "Bachelor" fans might feel concerned over the news that these two are in couples counseling, but Ben and Lauren make it pretty clear that they are doing this as a proactive step to strengthen their relationship.

Will Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell be able to utilize this counseling to make their love stronger and soon move forward on a wedding? "The Bachelor" fans definitely hope that's the case and can't wait to see what comes next for them.

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