Reality star Cassie Randolph got candid Wednesday about the “awful few months” she endured after her May breakup with former “Bachelor” Colton Underwood.
In a lengthy message posted to Instagram, Randolph — who gained notoriety in 2019 while vying for Underwood’s affections on “The Bachelor” — said she has “been trying to learn how to navigate [her] life changes” in the spotlight, all the while “trying to cling to who [she] is.”
“It takes really thick skin to navigate constant drama, fake articles, nasty DMs & comments or rumors started by people who feel entitled to your personal life,” Randolph wrote. “It takes incredible mental strength to shrug off strangers who regularly criticize your character based on conclusions they drew while watching an edited tv show (I could say so much here).”
Randolph, 25, said navigating the noise on social media “can feel like an uphill battle,” struggling whether or not to engage with online trolls.
“Sometimes I want to just say what I want & forget my sensitive side that strives to do the ‘right thing’, be calm & rational, be kind, think of others first etc,” she continued, later divulging how difficult the last few months have been.
“I feel like saying: ok all you mother ffers hating on me for my breakup-please stop. It’s been an awful few months for ME trying to go thru it. I’m STILL going thru it. It’s hard enough w/out your know-it-all comments. You literally know nothing so go away,” Randolph said.
Underwood and Randolph announced their split in late May. They also briefly split in August 2019 after wrapping Season 23 of “The Bachelor.”
Though Randolph is still grappling with her own heartbreak, she noted current events have put “personal problems in perspective.”
“One minute I feel my rant above & the next I feel selfish thinking about myself when there are truly critical issues in the world right now: BLM, Covid, toxic politics, matters of life and death; social injustice,” she said.
Randolph said she opted to step away briefly from social media, using the time to reassess her future goals.
“Life is short. We all have struggles to figure out. All we can do is the best we know in the moment so when we reflect, we don’t feel regret,” Randolph said. “Always be learning, always be growing.”
In response to Randolph’s post, fellow members of Bachelor Nation offered their well-wishes.
“You worded this beautifully!” fellow “Bachelor” alum Hannah Godwin commented.
“This is a really beautiful and raw post. I feel and see your heart in this. You are incredible and by sharing your struggles you’re helping somebody else,” former “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky wrote.