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Ben Roethlisberger’s Religious Beliefs Prohibit Him From Living With Fiancee

By now you have likely read or heard the news that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger confirmed that he is engaged to on-again, off-again girlfriend Ashley Harlan and the couple are planning a July wedding. In a wide-ranging interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger spoke publicly for the first time regarding his upcoming nuptials and in the article, it is addressed why Harlan still lives at home with her parents:

Ms. Harlan, a physician’s assistant who turns 27 in July, lives at home with her parents. Mr. Roethlisberger cited the couple’s religious faith and beliefs as the reasons for not living together until marriage. He also hopes she can continue to live her life out of the spotlight.

Alright. I guess, in light of all the hard-partying shenanigans that Roethlisberger has been involved in over the years, either he’s one of them “Born Again” religious types or it could be explained by the possibility that he suffered from an odd case of temporary amnesia which allowed him to behave like a cretinous, depraved and drunken horndogger, not typical personality characteristics of a person deeply held religious faith. Oh, I mean allegedly behaved like a cretinous, depraved and drunken horndogger. Sorry about that. Either way, best of luck to the happy couple. Here’s to many years of happiness.

But if I may add just one last bit of advice for Big Ben: a traditional bachelor party might not be the best idea. You know, with all that “alleged” stuff from his past. Oh, and don’t invite your former teammate, Jeff Reed, to the wedding, for obvious reasons. No need for an impromptu pee party to break out during the bride and groom’s first dance.

Roethlisberger talks wedding plans, media scrutiny as date nears [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]