Colton Underwood posted a cryptic message on Instagram days after his ex, Cassie Randolph, spoke publicly about their breakup during an appearance on the ABC special The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever.
In a new post shared on his Instagram page, Colton, 28, was pictured sitting alone in an outdoor setting. The Bachelor star was all smiles as he posed in a hoodie, but the caption of his update was serious and reflective.
In the caption, Colton wrote that when he and Cassie ended their relationship in late May, they agreed to handle things “as privately as possible” as they worked on the new phase of their relationship as friends.
Colton added that “obviously a lot changed this week” and that this week’s events caused him to step back and re-evaluate his situation. The Bachelor star revealed that he now has more “clarity” about what he needs in a relationship, pointing out that he is ready for the chapter of his life with “new stories and new people.”
The Bachelor star’s Instagram post can be seen below.
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These last few weeks have been challenging because, by now, you all know I’m an open book and I enjoy sharing my life with y’all. When our relationship ended we agreed to handle things as privately as possible as we attempted to navigate our new relationship as friends. I chose to do that since we were living in this interim period, but obviously a lot changed this week. Every experience provides us with an opportunity for growth. If you’ve been kind enough to have followed our story you’ve been with us through all of the ups and downs which have taught me so many lessons. I’ve come to realize when you’re in the thick of it you just need to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective, in doing so I have gained so much clarity about what I want and more importantly what I need in a relationship. I’m so excited for this next chapter of my life with new stories and new people. I can’t thank y’all enough for your understanding and your support during this time. Your messages mean a lot!
In the comments section, Bachelor fans were convinced that Colton’s post was in direct response to Cassie’s interview with Chris Harrison on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever. Some fans noted that while Cassie did go on the show, she didn’t say much of anything, which made her cameo even worse.
“Good for you,” one fan wrote to Colton. “I was kinda stunned she chose to speak but staying relevant is obvious especially when you go on with nothing to say. But went on anyway.”
“He is mad at her,” another added. “She went on The Bachelor and now this message means he refuses being friends with her. It’s sad because she said nothing.”
While several followers speculated on what “happened ” between Colton and Cassie, one follower offered their own perspective on things.
“The only thing [that] happened is he doesn’t want to be friends with her because she interviewed this week.”
During the taped, remote appearance on The Bachelor special earlier this week, Cassie admitted she was “nervous” to talk about Colton and said she couldn’t say too much about the reasons behind her split from the former NFL player. The California speech therapist said the breakup was “a sensitive subject” that she’s not ready to talk about in detail. Harrison continued to press the issue and said he could tell that Cassie had her guard up and was afraid that Colton would be mad at her if she said too much.
Cassie later said she was “annoyed” by the edited version of the interview that aired on The Bachelor special.