Former NFL star Colton Underwood has been a popular member of the Bachelor franchise since he first joined Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette. He became a The Bachelor lead himself and made Bachelor franchise history when he ended his season early and "jumped the fence" to pursue a relationship with contestant Cassie Randolph.
Colton Underwood Comes Out As Gay
Colton Underwood has surprised fans by coming out as gay. He has been a popular member of the franchise since he joined Becca Kufrin's season open about his virginity. He did not win Becca's heart but earned the spot as The Bachelor lead himself.
The charming Colton then dated his contestant Cassie Randolph from November 2019 until their relationship dramatically ended in May 2020. The breakup was messy with social media mud-flinging going back and forth. Cassie even filed a restraining order against Colton for allegedly harassing and stalking her.
Then on April 14th, the star came out as gay on Good Morning America, saying "I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time, and I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it."
He also expressed his contrition for the emotional harm he may have put on his The Bachelor contestants and directly addressed his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph. "I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices."
Cassie Randolph Breaks Silence On Colton Underwood
Now Cassie herself has broken her silence. When news broke she quickly went on a Mexican getaway vacation for privacy. She posted a vlog on her YouTube channel explaining to her fans, "The topic in the media that brought [my] name up," has led to a lot of questions directed at her.
She explained, "I just wanted to let you know that I'm not gonna be further discussing it or commenting on it for now. There's a lot of layers to it, and I just think the best thing for me at this time is to move forward and just focus on going forward."
Cassie did make sure to say, "If I do decide in the future to say anything or make a comment at all, you guys will be the first to know."
Colton told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts he was sorry for "any pain and emotional stress" he gave to Randolph and that "I wish that I would've been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else."