Chris Harrison, best known as the long-time host of the popular reality TV series “The Bachelor” and its spin-offs, has had a successful career in the world of television. While he is a prominent figure on screen, behind the scenes, he shares his life with his beloved wife, Lauren Zima. In this article, we'll introduce you to Lauren Zima and shed light on her relationship with the renowned TV host.
Who Was Lauren Zima?
Lauren Zima was born in Elgin Township, Illinois, in 1987. Her first stardom came in 2010, when she participated in MTV's Disaster Date.
According to her LinkedIn, after high school, she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in magazine journalism. Zima went on to receive a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Mizzou after graduating.
Zima has been with ET since March 2015 as a senior producer and was elevated to reporter in September 2019.
“I'm so excited for this next step,” she said to people at the time. “My job is my passion, and the next phase means doing more of what I love.”
Zima established ETOnline's YouTube show Roses & Rosé, which recapped episodes of The Bachelor, during her stint at ET.
How Did Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima Meet?
Harrison has been dating Zima since 2018. They met after she was assigned to interview him for Entertainment Tonight about The Bachelor.
In August 2018, the couple made their Instagram presence known. Harrison discussed the early days of their romance in February 2019.
“We started dating, and, like any relationship, she made me happy,” he told People.
“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.”
Chris announced their engagement on Instagram on October 25, 2021, with the caption, “The next chapter starts now.”
The host announced his engagement months after leaving The Bachelor franchise after fans chastised him for defending former contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in the wake of a racism issue.
When Did Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima Start Dating?
“Harrima” began dating in 2018. In August 2019, Zima marked their one-year anniversary with a snapshot of her and Harrison kissing. “Happy anniversary,” she wrote below the photo. This year, I've relied on you, laughed with you, and fallen in love with you for the amazing man that you are.
Thank you for brightening my life with your optimism, perspective, and patience, and for assisting me in becoming the person I want to be.
Thank you for being a source of happiness and for understanding that life is good when love is simple. Oh, and thank you for the massive amounts of wine.”
When Did Chris Harrison Get Married?
According to People, Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima first married on October 14, 2023, in Napa Valley, California, in an “emotional, jubilant” ceremony.
Their “blowout bash” wedding ceremony took place on November 4 at an Austin, Texas, ranch.
“As much as we wanted an intimate weekend for our wedding ceremony in Napa, we also wanted to celebrate getting married with all the great friends we have,” Zima told the outlet.
“Doing the second event in Austin [where the couple lives full-time] gave us the ability to include all of our friends, and also made sure that we didn't leave our wedding feeling like we didn't even see any of our loved ones— a story we've heard before.”