‘The Bachelor’: Cassie Randolph Addresses Ex-Boyfriend Rumors

The Bachelor contestant Cassie Randolph has been in the news quite a bit lately with rumors involving her ex-boyfriend. However, the bachelorette attempted to clear up confusion Wednesday evening on social media.

The Bachelor: Cassie Randolph Clarifies Rumors

Cassie Randolph is currently starring in two reality shows that air simultaneously, but were filmed at separate times. Young Once, a docuseries about a group of college students at Biola University, was filmed last summer prior to The Bachelor with Colton Underwood. However, both shows are now airing at the same time. As a result, some viewers are confused about Cassie’s relationship with her ex.

The bachelorette, Cassie Randolph, says last summer, the creators of the show Young Once contacted her to film a follow up season. The first season of the show was filmed in 2015 (aired in 2016). At this time, The Bachelor star was in a relationship with her then boyfriend, Caelan Tiongson. The pair had an on/off again relationship for quite a while. However, when the producers of Young Once decided to do another season, they were just friends. 

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I’m getting a lot of questions about my ex and a docuseries we filmed before Bachelor. While I don’t feel it is necessary that I share all the details, a lot of people are curious and the worst thing is false rumors. I didn’t want to address this without his permission, but he posted about it today so I think it’s good if I do too. Caelan and I dated all through college and in 2015 we filmed Young Once. A while after our breakup we put our past behind us and became friends again. We share a lot of mutual friends and he is close to my family. We both dated other people and had moved on. While we were never officially a couple again, there was a time last spring that we considered getting back together, but that didn’t work out. I was open to staying friends, but he understandably thought this was too hard. Just because we didn’t work out doesn’t mean we now hate each other and don’t care about the other. It just wasn’t right for us. Since I was the one saying we couldn’t be together, this was extra hard for him. Relationships are complicated and navigating isn’t usually straight forward. We were on and off for so long that turning it off for good was a difficult decision as I truly didn’t want to regret giving up if we were meant to be. But certain things were unhealthy and it became clear we were supposed to move on. Over the summer, unexpectedly and out of the blue, we were contacted by YO and learned they were considering a S2- a follow up on some of the original cast. This again put Caelan and I directly back in each other’s lives as our social circle overlaps. One of the storylines highlighted is our drawn out/complex relationship and the challenges of us staying friends post breakup and whether it is possible or not. We filmed for several weeks prior to Caelan heading to Asia to play pro basketball and before I found out that I was cast for Bachelor. The timing of everything was completely chance. I care very much about Caelan and I want nothing but the best for him and his life. Meanwhile I am back to real life, focusing on grad school, working and trying to remain grounded as I balance this new intense scrutiny of my life.

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The follow up show primarily features their lives post breakup, and the challenges they face remaining friends. The pair share many mutual acquaintances. Therefore, completely permanently disregarding each other is quite difficult. Cassie Randolph also said Caelan Tiongson is close to her family.

The reality star admits they considered reuniting last spring, but it never happened. The Bachelor contestant also says she was the one who didn’t want a relationship. Caelan Tiongson, on the other hand, was more open to it. But overall Cassie Randolph says the union was unhealthy.

Cassie’s Ex-Boyfriend Clears the Air

Additionally, Caelan Tiongson posted a message on his Instagram Wednesday. He wanted to clear the air as well. He said Cassie is a great person, but they weren’t a good match. Thankfully, he says he met his “dream girl” last summer after filming. He feels everything happened the way it was destined to. All in all, he didn’t want people to view The Bachelor beauty in a negative light. So, he decided to post his side of the story.

Cassie Randolph: The Truth Revealed

Now that fans have learned the truth, viewers of The Bachelor can be confident there’s no apparent deceit. Cassie Randolph was single before filming began with ABC. She did not deliberately date two men at once. Nor is she still involved with her ex-boyfriend Caelan Tiongson. So, will the bachelorette start a new love story with Colton Underwood? Tune into ABC to watch The Bachelor on Monday Nights at 7/8pm central to follow their journey.

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Lauren Sanders

Reality television is my guilty pleasure. I’ve been a fan of reality TV since MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules. I currently enjoy watching all things The Bachelor and anything on HGTV. I'm a busy mom and full-time writer!