Colton Underwood Update: Ex Cassie Randolph Responds, While Informed NFL Colleague Asked Him, 'Why Are You The Bachelor?'

Saturday April 17, 2021

Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood
Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood  (Source:Instagram/ABC)

Cassie Randolph made her first response to her ex- Colton Underwood's coming out, People magazine reports.

While vacationing in Mexico with friends and family on Friday, Randolph, 25, shared a short post on her Instagram Stories thanking "everyone for all the kind comments and messages." She added: "It means so much."

She also said that her fans can expect a new YouTube video on her channel next week, but didn't say if it would concern her relationship with Underwood, whose coming out on "GMA" to co-host Robin Roberts went viral.

"And yes, some of you are asking about my Youtube for this week. I decided to take the week off, but will have one again next week!!" she wrote.

Underwood pursued Randolph on Season 23 of "The Bachelor" after she had decided to leave the show, breaking the protocol expected of contestants. She returned to the show after Underwood assured her that he would not propose and the two began a year-and-a-half relationship. But their relationship proved problematic months after their break-up when he was accused of stalking her.

"On September 11, 2020, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood, alleging that he stalked her outside her Los Angeles apartment and her parents' Huntington Beach house, that he sent harassing text messages using an anonymous number, and that he installed a tracking device underneath her car," TMZ reported.

"She claimed that on one occasion, Underwood loitered in the alley outside her bedroom window of her parents' home at 2 a.m., and said that he started sending her alarming text messages," People reported.

"In early November, Randolph dropped the restraining order against Underwood. In a statement to People at the time, Underwood said the two 'were able to reach a private agreement.'"

Speaking with Roberts, Underwood said he was in love with Randolph while they were together.

"And that only made it harder and more confusing for me," he said. "I loved everything about her."

He continued: "It's hard for me to articulate what my emotions were going through that relationship with her, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I'm sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused, I wish it wouldn't have happened the way it did. I wish that I would've been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else."

Clay Harbor  (Source: Instagram)

But despite his concern for Randolph, he did not share his being gay before telling the world on Wednesday. He did, though, share the information with his pro football player and reality show contestant Clay Harbor.

"Harbor, who appeared on 'The Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor in Paradise,' tells Extra's Rachel Lindsay that Colton opened up to him about his sexuality prior to his tell-all with Robin Roberts."

"I've known for about a week now, just from being in touch with Colton," he said. "I got a chance to talk to Colton and we got a workout together when I was in Denver. My brother lives out in Denver. He called me up was like, 'Do you want to get a workout in together? Some stuff I want to get off my chest, get your advice on a few things.' During the workout, he told me he was gay and he was coming out and he had an interview coming out and he was just nervous."

He said he had known for a week before the interview when they worked out together in Denver where Harbor was visiting his brother. "During the workout, he told me he was gay and he was coming out and he had an interview coming out and he was just nervous."

His concern was "about people judging him," he said. To which Harbor responded: "'I am not going to lie — there are going to be some people that are going to say some stuff that might be hurtful. You've got to block that out. There are going to be a lot more people you can help and people that support you.'"

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He went on, "I kind of just told him it would be good, give him a chance to be a teacher about something that he's experienced and he can really teach and help people through similar situations."

Harbor also touched upon Underwood telling Randolph what he told him. "I asked him if he had told her and at that time he had said he hadn't and he didn't know if he was going to tell her before or after the interview... Honestly, we didn't go that in-depth on the Cassie stuff, kept it more on what will happen in the interview, what happens when people find out."

Underwood asked him what questions he had about his coming out. "I told him... 'Why are you the Bachelor?' That was my first question. People are going to want to know. He was like, 'I wanted to be straight and I thought if I did this, this could help me be straight.'"

"The two men have similar backgrounds, including playing in the NFL," writes Extra. "Clay said they did talk about that, noting, 'There's a lot of testosterone in the locker rooms... He was like, 'Yeah, there have been times people have said stuff. I was just sitting there joking around with them knowing deep inside, 'I'm kind of hurting'... That's one of the reasons he wanted to hide it, he's this athlete... he wanted to be that guy.'

"Harbor said Colton also talked to Michael Sam, the first publicly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL. 'He got a lot of good advice from his as well,' Clay said."

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