EX-LONGTIME Bachelor host Chris Harrison has been dating Lauren Zima for almost 3 years.
The host announced his engagement to girlfriend Lauren Zima months after stepping down from the Bachelor franchise after getting slammed by fans for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell due to a race scandal.
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Who is Lauren Zima?
Lauren hails from the Elgin Township, IL, and studied journalism at the University of Missouri.
Her first touch of fame fame was when she appeared on MTV's Disaster Date in 2010.
Lauren is now a senior producer and host on Entertainment Tonight.
Are Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima engaged?
Chris Harrison, 49, has been dating Lauren Zima and were even quarantining together during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Speaking in April 2020 Chris told People: “I think it’s helped bring us closer together.
“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.”
How long have they been dating each other?
The happy couple have been dating since 2018.
They met after she was sent to interview him about the Bachelor for Entertainment Tonight.
The pair went Instagram official in August 2018.
In February 2019, Chris talked about the early days of their romance.
He told People: "We started dating and, like any relationship, she made me happy.
"She was kind, nice, we got along, she blended in great with my friends, and just all those steps in the relationship where you start checking those boxes off and it gets better and better and better.”
On October 25, 2021 Chris revealed engagement to girlfriend Lauren Zima via an Instagram post which read "The next chapter starts now."
Who is Chris Harrison?
Chris has hosted the Bachelor since 2002.
He has also presented all of the franchise's spin-off shows including the Bachelorette since 2003, Bachelor Pad from 2010 to 2012 and Bachelor in Paradise since 2014.
From 2015 to 2019 he hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
He announced that he was stepping down from hosting the Bachelor in a statement, writing: "The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.
Adding: “I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
The news comes after he apologized for defending Rachel Kirkconnell for attending a 'plantation-themed' party in 2018