“Absolutely thriving. Dinner and dessert,” the previous Bachelor, 32, captioned an Instagram photo from his hospital mattress on Tuesday, September 7, as he snacked on Goldfish and animal crackers. “Update number 1: thanks for thinking of me today! ACL replaced, MCL was worse than expected so it had to be fully repaired and meniscus is as bouncy and cushion like as ever!”
His fiancée, Jessica Clarke, beforehand requested her social media followers to “say a little prayer for my bean” as he bought prepared for the process. “He’s all prepped for an ACL, MCL and meniscus repair,” she wrote in an Instagram Story add on Tuesday.
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Higgins reposted her message hours later, including, “Out of surgery! All went well.”
The Indiana native acquired loads of supportive messages from each mates and followers. “Great news 👊🏼,” Bachelor Nation’s Shawn Booth commented. “But bad news for all the fellas in the ‘over 30’ basketball leagues around the country.”
Clarke, 25, praised her future husband’s strength by means of the grueling course of. “The face of a champion,” she joked within the feedback. “And meal of an elite athlete.”
The Alone in Plain Sight creator has confronted a number of challenges previously few months, revealing earlier this yr that he moved back to his home state after experiencing a “breakdown.” Throughout a July episode of Trista Sutter‘s “Better Etc.” podcast, Higgins went into element about how being on actuality TV impacted his psychological well being.
“I don’t know what this next season of life looks like for me,” he mentioned on the time. “I’m farther and farther removed from the show, and at the same time, I need to figure out what my life is going to look like and what my legacy is going to be.”
A number of weeks later, the season 11 Bachelorette alum updated his Twitter followers on his progress as he continued to place his psychological wellness first.
“Over the last few weeks based on the recommendation and love from those close to me I have been taking time to let my mind rest and heal,” he wrote in July. “If life allows you the opportunity I recommend doing the same in whatever capacity and avenue you believe is best. You deserve it.”
By means of all of it, Clarke has been a rock for the “Almost Famous” podcast host. The pair bought engaged in March 2020 and plan to tie the knot later this yr. As their large day approaches, the duo won’t be living together — or having intercourse — till after they trade vows.
“It’s something we decided to do early on in our relationship,” he instructed Insider in Could. “We knew this relationship was going in the direction to be together forever, and we were like, ‘Let’s hold some things for marriage that we can look forward to.’ … We talked it through and we stuck with it. It’s a commitment we made to each other and, no matter how long the wedding gets pushed back, that’s something we’re still going to try to do.”
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