“The Bachelor’s” Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell announced they have split up. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways,” they said in a mutual statement to People magazine. “We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.” The two met on Higgins’ 2016 season of “The Bachelor,” where Bushnell emerged as the “winner” upon his proposal at the end. The two went on to star in their own reality show on Freeform. “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison said on Mario Lopez’s radio show on Tuesday that the two had fights and struggled with transitioning between shows. —Express

Cosby says race had a role in sexual assault claims

Billy Cosby said in an interview Tuesday on SiriusXM that he will not testify at his sexual assault trial and that he believes racism played a role in the scandal. When asked to react to his daughter Ensa’s comment that she believes “racism has played a role” in the accusations, Cosby said, “Could be. … I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.” —The Washington Post

TV empires
Kris is already eyeing chicks for spinoff show

Aaron Taylor-Johnson shared on Monday’s “The Late Late Show” that he has a chicken coop and named all the birds after the Kardashian family. “You’ve really spread the wings,” host James Corden said after Taylor-Johnson recalled each of the names — Kylie, Kendall, Khloe, Kourtney, Kim and also Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner. He added that they’re collectively called “the Kardashickens” and they have their own sign. —Express

Congrats on the wedding and diploma!

Former soccer star Abby Wambach and Christian mommy-blogger Glennon Doyle Melton got married on Sunday, the two announced on Instagram. Melton shared a photo of the newlyweds at what appears to be their wedding reception. “I’m forty one, now. And I’m graduating to joy. I choose joy. You can, too,” she wrote in a caption, signing the post as “Ms. Doyle-Wambach if you’re nasty.” —Express

It’s like two kids at prom

“Stranger Things” star Charlie Heaton, 23, was spotted leaving hand in hand with actress Anna Friel, 40, at the TV BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday, according to Britain’s The Sun, via Page Six. “Anna and Charlie were all over each other throughout the party,” a source said. At one point, “Anna had taken her shoes off” and “Charlie hoisted her in the air for a dance move and twirled her around.” —Express


“If it was a girl, we would have created a Ronda Rousey 2.0 but it’s a boy, so he’ll be the next Chris Pratt.” —Spencer Pratt, predicting in an interview with askmen.com what his new baby with Heidi Montag will be like.