And while sources recently shared with E! News that Ben and Lauren's breakup was almost a no-brainer, he too agrees that the negative warning signs were there.
"I think mutually Lauren and I saw that life was getting more difficult," Higgins, 29, added. "I would say the joy that we felt toward our relationship at the beginning was—for some reason—slipping away, and we were both working very hard to bring that joy back. And it just never seemed to get there. So it was a long time coming but it wasn't necessarily like we dragged it out."
He revealed there was "no real saving or redemption to be done" in the final days of their relationship, continuing, "It was for the best."
As for moving forward, Ben said he's hopeful for both of their futures, despite not sharing one together.
"Lauren is now focusing on herself and her brand, and is not currently pursuing the dating scene," the source explains.
Higgins also said it "seems odd" to think about entering a new relationship, adding, "I am a better man today because of Lauren and because of our relationship than I was two years ago."
Consider our hearts melted.
Check out their new podcast, Ben and Ashley: "Almost Famous" when it launches Tuesday, May 23 on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you listen to podcasts.