The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Break Up, Say They Are Better Off Friends

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When former Bachelor Colton Underwood was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year, his devoted girlfriend Cassie Randolph was by his side, supporting and loving him through the uncertain time.

But now, just weeks later, the two have decided to break up.

On Friday (May 30,) both Randolph and Underwood headed to Instagram to announce the news that they have decided to go their separate ways.

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“First off, I want to say this is one of the hardest things I have had to share as neither one of us is quite ready to talk about it yet,” said the 25-year-old Randolph, who met Underwood on The Bachelor last year. “However, because our relationship is such a public one, our silence on the matter has been speaking for us. Colton and I have broken up, but have decided to remain a part of each others lives. With all that we have gone through, we have a special bond that will always be there. I love Colton very much and have an enormous amount of respect for him. We have both learned and grown so much these past couple years, and will always have each others back. Always.”

In his post, Colton shared the sentiment that the two would remain friends.

“Its [sic] been a crazy few months to say the least, Cass and I have been doing a lot of self-reflecting,” Underwood added on his own Instagram page. “Sometimes people are just meant to be friends — and that’s okay. We both have grown immensely and been through so much together — so this isn’t the end of our story, it’s the start of a whole new chapter for us.”

The two had broken up rather recently, according to People magazine. Sources say that the couple hit some trouble when Underwood expressed an interest in settling down and getting married, and Randolph simply wasn’t ready.

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From the sounds of it, the two plan to remain friends. And on Monday (June 1,) Randolph ended up coming back to social media to let out some more pent up emotion about recent events having to do with the murder of George Floyd.

“I had planned to take a little time off of social media, but it almost feels cowardly,” she wrote. “I can easily turn off my phone and walk away from the hate directed at me right now. But what about those who cannot walk away and are daily subjected to a much greater hate, simply due to the color of their skin? Watching what has been unfolding in our nation, I feel it’s important to step outside of my own immediate world and acknowledge just how big this problem is and how divided we are. I can’t even begin to understand what it would be like to live each day knowing I was being negatively profiled because of the skin color I was born with…that even something as simple as wearing a hoodie could be dangerous because of how it makes people perceive me. I’ve also seen first hand the prejudice and stereotyping my Asian friends deal with, made worse most recently in the midst of corona virus. I have been highlighting graduating high school seniors and someone said to me, “this class was born during 9/11 era (2001) and is graduating in this mess of 2020”, reminding me of the prejudice that those from the Middle East deal with, as well. The list could go on. I pray for the day when skin color doesn’t define us, but rather our character and actions do. The amount of hate that exists in this world is truly heartbreaking. Every form of it. The way that people can cause hurt and pain in another human being without even thinking twice or having consequences is absolutely disgusting. It saddens me how little empathy people can have. Earlier this week, I storied resources that were shared with me on how we can educate ourselves, and I have a few up now. And I will add more. If you don’t know where to start, but want to be part of a solution, educating yourself about the topic is a great first step.”

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I had planned to take a little time off of social media, but it almost feels cowardly. I can easily turn off my phone and walk away from the hate directed at me right now. But what about those who cannot walk away and are daily subjected to a much greater hate, simply due to the color of their skin? Watching what has been unfolding in our nation, I feel it’s important to step outside of my own immediate world and acknowledge just how big this problem is and how divided we are. I can’t even begin to understand what it would be like to live each day knowing I was being negatively profiled because of the skin color I was born with..that even something as simple as wearing a hoodie could be dangerous because of how it makes people perceive me. I’ve also seen first hand the predudice and stereotyping my Asian friends deal with, made worse most recently in the midst of corona virus. I have been highlighting graduating high school seniors and someone said to me, “this class was born during 9/11 era (2001) and is graduating in this mess of 2020”, reminding me of the prejudice that those from the Middle East deal with, as well. The list could go on. I pray for the day when skin color doesn’t define us, but rather our character and actions do. The amount of hate that exists in this world is truly heartbreaking. Every form of it. The way that people can cause hurt and pain in another human being without even thinking twice or having consequences is absolutely disgusting. It saddens me how little empathy people can have. Earlier this week, I storied resources that were shared with me on how we can educate ourselves, and I have a few up now. And I will add more. If you don’t know where to start, but want to be part of a solution, educating yourself about the topic is a great first step.

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