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Cassie Randolph Knows That We Know The Bachelor Isn’t Her First Reality TV Show

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Yesterday, the entire world realized that The Bachelor wasn’t Cassie Randolph‘s first. And, unlike every joke on Colton Underwood‘s season, we’re not talking about sex.

Cassie, who is deff going to win The Bachelor BTW, was the star of a “docuseries” from 2015 called Young Once that followed a group of young Christians as they navigate college life in the O.C. So, basically, it’s Laguna Beach for aging evangelicals. After watching the first episode, a lot of Cassie’s comments from Bachelor week 5 make a lot more sense. Cassie and her friends attended Biola University, a conservative school that has a strict no-fun policy: students aren’t allowed to drink, do drugs, or have sex. LOL, good luck with that. The opening describes Ebola Biola as a “marriage hunting ground,” and episode one features Cassie getting into an argument with her on-again, off-again ex Caelan Tiongson (yes, *Caelan*) about why he’s uncomfortable with her drinking. It was real bold of the producers to call this a docuseries, but I guess that’s professional media speak for a reality show where nothing actually happens.

The series also stars Cassie’s sister, Michelle Randolph, who’s also ridiculously pretty and probably rich. Michelle is dating Gregg Sulkin from Wizards of Waverly Place, who didn’t appear on Young Once for obvious reasons. If Michelle isn’t living in sin with that boy, she is seriously disturbed. Anyway, Young Once season one was recorded all the way back in 2015 when Colton was still pretending to be a professional NFL player, but Young Once‘s second season was filmed the summer before Cassie appeared on The Bachelor as a “Where Are They Now?”-style revisitation and is currently releasing new episodes. While we watch Cassie fall in love with Colton, we can simultaneously watch her fall in and out of love with her conservative ex.

To emphasize just how conservative Young Once is: a main plotline of the first episode is how a dude wearing aviator sunglasses wants to join the University’s gun firing club to “practice his second amendment rights” instead of the college’s abstinence club. The website where the series is hosted outside of YouTube, youngonce.ca, even links to a 24/7 prayer hotline on their homepage. One of the episodes is called “Satan Reincarnated Into An Organic Edible.” Even ABC’s producers couldn’t make this sh*t up. The host company is called Castle, and there’s a 0% chance that’s not a reference to the Kingdom of Heaven. Further proof: the media company is owned by Crossroads Christian Communications, a Canadian TV company known for having the longest-running daily television program in Canada.

Cassie took to Instagram to address concerns over her super recent relationship with Caelan, who has now moved to the Philippines to play professional basketball. Caution: ridiculously long caption ahead.

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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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Now that we’re all 100% invested in Cassie’s past, present, and future dating life, it would be great for her to explain more about her decision to lose her virginity. Or maybe she addresses that on other episodes of Young Once, but you best believe no one is making it past the first episode. For someone so embedded in a faith-based community to admit living a different lifestyle than her peers and being okay with it is huge, and it would be cool for her to show people that there’s more than one way to live with faith. Also, we’re dying to know if she lost it to Caelan. Just being honest here. After all, lying is a sin.

If you want to see what her ex had to say about it, here’s his side of the story. Caution: ridiculously long caption ahead.

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I’m posting this here so no words can be misconstrued. As many know, my ex girlfriend is currently a contestant on the tv show The Bachelor. The both of us have also appeared on a documentary series called Young Once. The show catches you up on our lives as the first season was shot at Biola University while we were still going to school there. They happened to catch the closing of mine and Cassie’s on and off relationship during the recording of this show. Make no mistake that Young Once was filmed before The Bachelor, and the fact that they are airing at the same time is a strategy to attract viewers. Both Cassie and I made mistakes in our relationship, but I think we’d both agree it dragged out much too long anyways. This is because I persistently pursued a reunion and she knowingly kept the door open at times because of indecisiveness, neither of which matters because it has been over for good since before she went on The Bachelor. However, it can be said without a doubt that her and I were not a fit for each other. Also, I’m sure there are millions of breakups that have lasted longer than they should have and nobody should be held at fault for that. The reality of the situation is that Cassie is a great girl. Her decision to go on The Bachelor was a decisive moment in my life to move forward so why couldn’t it serve as that for her as well? If I met my dream girl a month after our final closing this summer that would just be how God had it planned for me. Nobody has the right to tell her whether or not she has good intentions. So although the full truth may not be out…not everybody’s business needs to be on reality tv. Cassie will eventually explain her side and I endorse whatever she says because there is no reason for her to hide the truth. I wish her nothing but success and happiness moving forward. I post this because of the outlets who reached out to hear “my side” and because I heard Cassie was receiving a lot of negativity for our past relationship. I thought this would be the best way to preserve the truth and encourage the trolls to check themselves before tearing down a good human being. Life is about moving forward, not dwelling on the past ?

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