‘The Bachelor’: The Real Reason Contestants Keep Breaking Up With Colton Underwood

If you’ve been following The Bachelor season 23, you probably have a lot of questions. There are so many things to unpack in The Bachelor star Colton Underwood’s season; we don’t know where to begin. One thing that stands out is the fact that a few of the women have chosen to back out and leave the show early.

Colton Underwood | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images

Colton Underwood | Paula Lobo/ABC via Getty Images

 This is quite unusual because contestants on The Bachelor have been known to fight tooth and nail to come out on top and win the final rose. We’re talking hair flying, shoe throwing—an ultimate fight to the death. OK, we exaggerate, but that’s the feeling we sometimes get when watching the show. These women really want to get married, and they’ll do just about anything to get that ring. So, what’s happening here? Why are so many women breaking up with Colton?

Colton doesn’t seem to know what he wants

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During the interviews, The Bachelor star Colton Underwood says on several occasions that he’s confused. The process is becoming overwhelming for him, and it’s starting to show. A few of the women are probably picking up on his indecision and deciding to eliminate themselves early to avoid potential heartbreak down the road. They probably want to avoid being chosen only to have Colton change his mind on national television. (We’re all still a little scarred from Arie Luyendyk’s season, when he proposed to Becca Kufrin, only to later change his mind and propose to the runner-up.)

He has repeatedly questioned the women’s reasons for being on The Bachelor

One recurring theme on this season of The Bachelor is whether the contestants are really there for Colton or if they’re just looking to establish an entertainment career. Colton was quite distressed when after letting some of the women go, they gave him a cryptic message about being careful because there were some people in the house who weren’t there for the right reasons. At this point, four women have given him the “watch your back” message upon exiting the show. Colton was left so shaken by this that at one point and gave a speech to the rest of the women, letting them know he would be very watchful going forward.

Perhaps Colton’s hypervigilance created such a stressful atmosphere that some people just didn’t want to be there anymore. He’s spending more time looking for red flags than enjoying his time with the remaining women.

It’s becoming obvious Colton has a favorite

If you pay close attention, you can tell Colton favors Cassie Randolph (we think Colton and Cassie will probably get engaged). One huge sign he’s chosen her as his favorite is a deleted scene where he gives Cassie a special gift. This is not a common thing on The Bachelor. In the clip, Colton is ridiculously smitten and so taken with Cassie he can barely keep his eyes off her. She’s the only woman in the house he seems shy around.

We’ll just have to keep watching to see if anyone else leaves early. Get your popcorn ready.

Read more: The Bachelor: Why We Think Colton Underwood is Engaged to Cassie

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