‘The Bachelor’ Star Colton Underwood Dating Lucy Hale — Fans Believe He Called the Paparazzi on Himself

The Bachelor couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph broke up on May 29, 2020. Although the couple wanted to remain amicable, things took a turn for the worst in the past few weeks.

Now, Underwood was caught dating Lucy Hale; however, sleuth fans believe he called the paparazzi on himself to out the new relationship.

'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood
‘The Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood | Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Tubi

What’s happened since ‘The Bachelor’ couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph broke up?

After the pair broke up, both Underwood and Randolph agreed they would not talk publicly about their breakup. However, they separately broke that promise, and things keep getting worse. 

Randolph went on The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons — Ever for a brief interview with Chris Harrison on July 6, 2020. She wrote in an Instagram story that she purposely remained vague when the host asked about the breakup. The 25-year-old added that she only interviewed out of respect for the franchise and everything it has brought her. 

However, Underwood passive-aggressively called out Randolph on Instagram a few days later. He claimed, “obviously, a lot changed this week.” 

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Randolph was very offended and took to Instagram to defend herself. She also called out Underwood for trying to monetize their breakup by writing another chapter in his book about it. Fans were waiting to see Underwood’s response — and it looks like it finally came on July 16, 2020. A source revealed that the former bachelor is dating again

‘The Bachelor’: Underwood was caught casually dating Lucy Hale

On July 17, 2020, TMZ reported that Underwood is going on “casual hike dates” with Pretty Little Lies actor, Lucy Hale. 

She reached out to him after she saw the news of his split with Randolph. Hale went on a hike with the former Bachelor on July 15, 2020, at Paseo Miramar Trail in Los Angeles’ Palisades neighborhood. The paparazzi caught it on camera, and fans quickly point out that the photo is very close to the two.

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The new couple was without masks, sweaty, and very close together. An unnamed source told TMZ that Hale’s had her eye on Underwood for years. 

He’s “wholesome,” a “good guy,” and “beautiful to watch,” the source told TMZ.

Fans believe ‘The Bachelor’ star, Underwood, invited the paparazzi to catch him dating

“I’m surprised he’s dating publically so soon after the breakup, with a celebrity no less,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “I feel like he called the paps just to rub it in Cassie’s face that he’s moving on.”

Other fans add that Underwood is throwing the ball back to Randolph’s court, like “Your move next, Cassie.” They point out that in the photo, he is looking right at the camera.

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“He most definitely called the paps on himself,” another fan added.

Many Reddit users agree that it seems odd to see so many stories about Underwood leaked to the media while Randolph fires back on Instagram. 

“This is hilarious. Colton is really THIS desperate to become the ‘winner,'” another Bachelor viewer wrote. “And his PR team is leaking stories left and right.”