Colton said he's opening up about their breakup after agreeing to keep it private because "a lot changed this week," which Cassie took as a subtle jab to her "Bachelor" interview Monday night.
UPDATE 7/9/2020 10:19 PM
Cassie Underwood quickly responded to Colton Underwood starting to talk publicly about their relationship and breakup on Thursday after they'd agreed to keep it quiet, accusing the "Bachelor" star of "passive aggressive" tactics to make her look bad, and attempting to "monetize" their breakup.
"Colton, your last Instagram post saddened me, but also left me frustrated," Cassie wrote to her own Instagram Stories. "It seems you are subtly engaging in a tactic that peppers in passive aggressive comments such as 'that obviously changed this week' in order to make me look like the bad one."
She believes he's referring to her appearance on "The Bachelor: Greatest of All Time" specials, where she sat down for an interview with Chris Harrison. While Chris tried to get her to open up about their one-and-a-half year relationship, and breakup, Cassie honored their agreement and kept things vague.
Cassie also asserts that Colton has thus far done the same, before going into how that's clearly about to change. According to Cassie, Colton had spoken with her on Monday about his intentions to write a new chapter to his book where he would talk about his experience with COVID-19 (where he recovered in her family home) and their breakup.
"You have also refused to give me any sort of approval on the chapter that you will be writing, which will heavily feature me," she wrote. "This seems a bit unfair to me. Colton, you can do what you want, but please do not have a double standard."
She concluded by asking him not to "prolong" the breakup, or drag her "when we both know it's unwarranted."
"Thanking you in advance. I would prefer this to now be the end of this," she wrote. "I wish you nothing but the best & hope you can move on peacefully and successfully."
"These last few weeks have been challenging because, by now, you all know I'm an open book and I enjoy sharing my life with y'all," Underwood captioned a photo of himself. "When our relationship ended we agreed to handle things as privately as possible as we attempted to navigate our new relationship as friends."
"I chose to do that since we were living in this interim period, but obviously a lot changed this week," he added, seeming to refer to Randolph's interview on "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!" on Monday.
Underwood continued to discuss their romance -- which began on the former football star's season of "The Bachelor" -- revealing that their relationship taught him "so many lessons."
"Every experience provides us with an opportunity for growth," he wrote. "If you've been kind enough to have followed our story you've been with us through all of the ups and downs which have taught me so many lessons. I've come to realize when you're in the thick of it you just need to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective, in doing so I have gained so much clarity about what I want and more importantly what I need in a relationship."
"I'm so excited for this next chapter of my life with new stories and new people," Underwood concluded. "I can't thank y'all enough for your understanding and your support during this time. Your messages mean a lot!"
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The reality star's past came exactly a week after Randolph revealed on Instagram that the last two years living in the spotlight have been increasingly difficult for her.
"Since then, I've been trying to learn how to navigate my life changes while also trying to cling to who I am," she wrote alongside a photo of herself solo on a beach. "I used to think a platform would give me a voice, but in many ways a platform takes your voice. For someone like me it's been paralyzing."
The former teacher said the "constant drama, fake articles, nasty DMs & comments or rumors" has worn her down.
"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."
As the breakup was only six weeks ago, Randolph said the wound is still fresh and wished critics would leave her alone.
"It's been an awful few months for ME trying to go thru it," she confessed. "I'm STILL going thru it. It's hard enough w/out your know-it-all comments. You literally know nothing so go away."
On Monday, Randolph spoke about the split during an virtual apperance on "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!"
"I think going through any breakup is really hard but going through one in public comes with a whole new set of challenges," she explained. "I mean, I’ve never gone through any of this before so we’re both kind of learning to navigate it. We’re on good terms and hanging in there."
However, after the interview aired, Randolph said she was "irritated" by how everything was edited.
"I’ve said this a million times, you guys cannot judge something that you know is edited and know nothing about," she relayed in an Instagram Story. "There was so much more that I talk about in that interview than just our relationship."
Underwood and Randolph both announced on May 29 that they had split after two years together.