Cassie Randolph was awarded Colton Underwood’s final rose on his season of The Bachelor last year. Since then, she’s been pretty candid about the difficulties that come along with being catapulted into reality TV stardom.
“Honestly one of the hardest things at first when the show was airing was just the constant–everything was changing constantly. So like people’s opinions on you would change from week to week. Or you’d be scared for what was gonna happen in the editing, something would be edited weird to make you look bad that actually didn’t happen. You know, it’s just a lot of unknown,” she said.
Cassie Randolph was shocked to learn she’d turned into a celebrity after winning ‘The Bachelor’
Randolph didn’t realize just how popular The Bachelor is. The popularity goes both ways. She has some very supportive fans, but she also faces a lot of unsolicited criticism.
“I think I was just naive to it, but I didn’t know people were so invested in the show and like very, very passionate about it, which is great because my fan accounts are incredible. They’re so cute, I love them, I love the support. But I think the harder thing to deal with is there’s always negative and positive that comes along with everything and I think the hardest thing is seeing things in the media afterwards that aren’t true or that are so exaggerated,” she said.
How Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood deal with rumors and online negativity
Randolph says she’s learning to “brush off” rumors and online negativity.
“I learned to kind of brush it off if I felt like it was gonna blow over and be like, ‘OK everyone deals with this when they’re in media, so don’t get too worked up.’ But then certain things, you know, I think it’s important to address if it’s important to you,” she said.
She says Underwood is learning to do the same.
“He’s gotten really good, too, at learning to just let things roll off your back. Because it’s just inevitable, it’s just gonna happen,” she said.
The media and fan scrutiny was something Randolph and Underwood had to learn to overcome as a couple.
“It was hard a little bit for our relationship with all the pressure of everyone and people saying this and you’re like, ‘Who do I trust? What do I believe? Did you really do that?’ or, ‘Do you really think that? Because this person says you think that.’ We had to learn to really lean on each other and trust each other,” she said.
Ultimately, Randolph says the experience brought her and Underwood closer together.
Today, they’re still happily together and happily taking their time as a couple.
“There’s no rush. I feel like people are later and later waiting to get married or engaged. It’s fine. And your 20s are kind of a tumultuous time… is that the right word? And I think when you make that decision you want to be ready to make it and so it’s fine to take your time,” says Randolph.