What Really Made Cassie Break up With Colton on ‘The Bachelor’

As much of Cassie and Colton’s breakup as The Bachelor showed, there was still so much footage of the two that we never got to see. We never really got the full story of why Cassie was acting the way she was, and why Colton believed in her so much, even when, to us watching at home, it seemed as though she was very clearly telling him she just wasn’t interested.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 13: Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood attend the Build Series to discuss ‘The Bachelor’ at Build Studio on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

After their breakup and after Colton had convinced Cassie to stick around and go on another date with him in Portugal, Cassie told Colton that she didn’t even know if she was ready for a relationship, let alone a proposal. But in an interview with People Magazine, she said that she went on the show with every intention of getting engaged.

“I came into The Bachelor open and ready to be engaged. But you have no idea how little time you’re going to get. I was trying to get there, but I needed more time. Looking back, I had no idea how unclear I was being to him,” she said in the interview.

Cassie and Colton had trouble communicating at first

One of the issues the couple had while on the show was miscommunication. Colton had a hard time asking the right questions, and Cassie had a hard time articulating her feelings.  

“He was good at articulating how he was feeling about me, but I was unable to say certain things to him. In Portugal I was like, ‘Whoa, there’s three of us left, there’s an engagement in two weeks, and I still haven’t even told him I’m falling in love with him,’ even though I was,” said Cassie.  

“I wish I had done a better job asking questions early on. I could have seen what she needed and [tried to] help. In interviews leading up to the [fantasy suite] date I was saying ‘I want her to tell me she’s in love with me.’ That was wrong of me to do because I don’t want her to say it just to say it,” said Colton in the interview. “[What she did] takes a lot of courage because a lot of people who have been in her position on the show before would just say it to go on. She wasn’t willing to do that.”

What really happened the night of the breakup

Colton said he maybe missed some of the cues Cassie had been giving him that she was uncomfortable because he was just so in love with her.  

“Going into that date, I was so excited and in love with her that I had my blinders on. I still didn’t know where she was, but I wasn’t afraid to say what was on my mind,” said Colton.  

So what pushed Cassie over the edge?

“That was the first time I was hearing those things from him. And I was also just emotionally drained and exhausted. Looking back, I know he was genuine, but it was hard to know for sure because there were still two other girls there. I was overwhelmed, and I didn’t want to stand in the way of him having what he came here for. I heard him say many times, ‘I want an engagement at the end of this.’ It’s not that I didn’t see myself getting there, but it was hard with the pressure of the show. I wanted to be 100 percent confident I was ready [for a proposal], and I owed it to him to be honest,” she said.  

Read more: ‘The Bachelor’: Cassie and Colton’s First Official Date

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