‘Bachelor’s’ Chris Harrison says relationship with Lauren Zima going strong

  • Host Chris Harrison spoke to Insider about his relationship, the world of dating, and why “The Bachelor” franchise is a “microcosm of life.” 
  • Harrison said that he and girlfriend Lauren Zima are stronger than ever after going through quarantine together. 
  • The host credits lockdown with helping him “sympathize with what the Bachelors and Bachelorettes go through” on his show.
  • Harrison also revealed that, after 18 years, “The Bachelor” taught him that you truly can’t fake who you are when it comes to the dating. 
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Chris Harrison is famous for helping singles navigate the ups and downs of trying to date multiple people at the same time. But when it comes to his love life, “The Bachelor” host only has eyes for one. 

And Harrison told Insider that he and girlfriend Lauren Zima are the strongest they’ve ever been after going through the pandemic together. 

“There’s going to be a lot of pandemic breakups and divorces, and luckily we are not one of those,” Harrison said with a laugh. “We are very much together and it has helped us grow together. It’s forced a lot of situations where we’ve spent a lot of time together.”

The couple, who’ve been dating since 2018, have long for more time together since their jobs keep them extremely busy. Zima is a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, while Harrison travels around the world to film “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” and “Bachelor in Paradise” every year.  

Harrison said quarantine was “kind of a godsend,” allowing the pair to finally slow down and cherish their time together. 

“It really pushed the pause button,” he added. “We got to spend a lot of intimate time together and it was great.” 

What Harrison wasn’t expecting, though, was that quarantine would help him relate more than ever to the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants that he’s been mentoring for the last 18 years. 

As filming began for Clare Crawley’s season of “The Bachelorette” — which was all shot in one location due to coronavirus restrictions — Harrison said he realized that the lockdown wasn’t all that different from the show. 

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Chris Harrison and Clare Crawley on the season premiere of “The Bachelorette.”

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“I never thought about it until we started shooting, but it really helped me sympathize with what the Bachelors and Bachelorettes go through,” he said. “You’re kind of quarantined — which is what we do on the show — and take away all your travel, all the things you do, your defense mechanisms to get away and you just have to be alone with your own thoughts and relationships. So it was a test, just like the ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette.'”

Harrison said some of the past contestants loved that their host finally understood everything that they had to go through. 

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