Entertainment TV 'Bachelor' Alum Cassie Randolph on How She 'Found Out' About Ex Colton Underwood Coming Out as Gay "It was just a shocking kind of thing," Cassie Randolph said By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 23, 2022 04:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Cassie Randolph, Colton Underwood. Photo: Amy Sussman/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank; JC Olivera/WireImage Colton Underwood publicly coming out as gay came as a surprise to his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph. For the first time, the 26-year-old former Bachelor contestant addressed the pair's split and what transpired thereafter during an appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe's Off the Vine podcast. Randolph said she was not ready to fully speak on everything that occurred between her and Underwood. "I haven't talked about it, so it's really hard for me to talk about it at all or even know the right thing to say when addressing it," she said. "I just feel so much pressure, I think, when asked about it that I would love to be able to be open and candid about things, but I'm just not there yet. I'm sure I will one day want to speak on it because there's just a lot there." But Randolph eventually revealed how she first discovered the news that Underwood, 29, is gay after he came out in April 2021. Cassie Randolph Says She Experienced 'Déjà Vu' Watching Clayton Echard's Bachelor Finale "I found out the same way that everyone else did. I was actually in Mexico on vacation with friends, which was great — great to be away," she said. "But yeah, I found out through Snapchat on Good Morning America. It was horrible. It was just a shocking kind of thing." Added Randolph, "It's such a hard thing too when everything is so in your face. I think that's why I took a step back for so long because I just didn't want everything to be so in my face. It was a healthy break." Randolph was the frontrunner on Underwood's Bachelor season, which aired in 2019. She eventually left the competition before later choosing to reconcile with the former NFL player. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "It's kind of hard to know why I did what I did," she said of the Bachelor experience. "It's overwhelming. There's so much happening. 'But do I want to? Is this the right decision for me? Is it the right decision for him, for the show?' It would have been nice to have a week to think about things. ... Instead, you're sitting there on the spot like, 'What are you going to do?' " Randolph and Underwood announced their split in May 2020. She then filed a temporary restraining order against Underwood later that year, accusing him of harassing and stalking her. The motion was dropped nearly two months later. Now, Randolph is dating musician Brighton Reinhardt and Underwood recently got engaged to boyfriend Jordan C. Brown. RELATED VIDEO: Cassie Randolph Didn't Know Ex Colton Underwood Was Gay, Says Source: 'She's Still Processing' Upon reflecting on how her life has changed since being on The Bachelor, Randolph told Bristowe: "I think I've really grown into myself." "I feel a lot more decisive, I guess, in what I want or my opinions on things," she said. "[While the show], I think I was just very young. It was so new that now I've kind of gotten used to this new kind of life change, and I can more clearly see things for what they are." Late last year, Randolph opened up to PEOPLE about how her "really strong" relationship with Reinhardt "feels so much more natural and better" than her previous romances. "He's honestly my best friend, which I think is such a key thing to have in a relationship. ... I feel like I haven't really had [that] before," she said in December. "I feel like we get each other on a different level, especially being friends for so long before. It just made it really natural and easy." If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.