Coming to terms with her past. Bachelor alum Cassie Randolph revealed that she wants an ex Colton Underwood nothing but the best – even if their split led to dark times.
“I feel like this is a very loaded question,” Randolph, 27, said during the Monday, Oct. 17 episode, “Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast“, after being asked how she felt about Underwood, 30, coming out as gay to the headlines before sharing the news with her.
“I’m very happy that he’s, you know he’s at peace with himself and he’s not carrying that burden anymore, of course,” she explained. “It was just a very difficult time for me in general, so I feel like there was just one thing after another and I was extremely overwhelmed by everything that was going on.”
Randolph and the former NFL player met during the 23rd season The Bachelorwhich was broadcast in 2019. Although the couple had an instant relationship, their relationship took a hit when the speech therapist father did not give Underwood’s blessing to propose and Randolph subsequently left the show.
While the two decided to give their romance another shot during the season finale — with Indiana even moving to California to be closer to Randolph — they ended up calling it quits in May 2020.
Two months later, Randolph filed a restraining order against her ex, claiming he put a tracking device in her car and showed up uninvited at her apartment and her parents’ home. The order was granted, forcing him to stay at least 100 meters away from her and not contact her until the matter is settled privately in November 2020.
In April 2021, during an emotional interview with Good morning Americathe athlete came out as gay and publicly apologized to Randolph for their messy breakup.
“I’m sorry for the pain and emotional distress I’ve caused,” he said at the time. “I wish it hadn’t happened the way it did. I wish I had been brave enough to fix myself before I broke someone else.”
In March, Randolph revealed during an episode of the “Off the Vine” podcast with Kaitlyn Bristowe that she learned of Underwood’s sexuality through the rest of the world’s headlines.
“I found out the same way as everyone else,” she explained, adding that she saw a video about the news on social media. “It was horrible.” (Underwood announced his engagement to Jordan C. Brown February.)
On Monday’s episode of “Almost Famous,” the California native shared that her current boyfriend, Brighton Reinhardthe helped her get over her breakup as a friend before they even started dating.
“Me and Brighton were friends for seven years,” she told the hosts Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti. “That last summer, he was very supportive of everything. He was never weird. If anything, he’s just very defensive or protective and makes me talk, brag to him more than I’d like. Not in a bad way, in a good way.”
Asked if he thinks Reinhardt, 25, is “The One,” Randolph said, “I feel like that’s a big question, but I hope so. I think so.”