Cassie Randolph, the ex-girlfriend of The Bachelor star Colton Underwood, has revealed her anger and frustration at learning he’d come out of the closet.
Underwood chose Randolph as the “winner” of Season 23 of The Bachelor back in 2018. They remained a couple until May 2020 when the pair had a very public break-up. Randolph accused Underwood of stalking and harassment and went so far as to take out a restraining order against him. Underwood came out as gay in an April 2021 interview with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts.
Now Randolph complains that she was taken off guard in Underwood’s big announcement. Speaking to the podcast Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe, she recalls the horror of learning Underwood had come out.
“I found out the same way that everyone else did,” Randolph said. “I was actually in Mexico on vacation with friends, which was great to be away, but yeah, I found out through Snapchat on GMA. It was horrible. It was just a shocking kind of thing.”
“It’s really hard for me to talk about it at all or even know the right thing to say when addressing it,” she added. “I feel like so much pressure when asked about it. I would love to be able to be open and candid about things, but I’m just not there yet, and I’m sure I will one day like want to speak on it because there’s just a lot there.”
In his coming-out interview, Underwood did issue an apology to Randolph for his behavior. “I would like to say sorry for how things ended,” he said. “I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices.”
We have to raise an eyebrow at Randolph’s anger. In fairness, “bad choices” feels a bit light for behavior that includes stalking. That said, we’re not exactly sure what Randolph would have preferred in terms of Underwood coming out to her. Though her restraining order against him did expire, we’re guessing the two weren’t exactly on friendly speaking terms. And is having an ex come out really that horrible?
In any case, both Underwood and Randolph have moved on with their lives. Randolph is now dating musician Brighton Reinhardt. Underwood, meanwhile, got engaged to boyfriend Jordan Brown in February.
We have a feeling double dates for Underwood, Randolph, and their two beaus are probably still out of the question.