"I had to fight for Cassie," says Colton Underwood

By Aili Nahas
March 11, 2019 10:12 PM
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Fantasy suite week is usually the most romantic of The Bachelor’s season, but rather than champagne and roses on two of his final dates, Colton Underwood underwent painful breakups instead.

“I was ready to end the show,” admits Underwood, who, after Cassie Randolph left him after he professed his love, went on to end things with runners-up Tayshia Adams and Hannah Godwin.

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“Once I had the conversation with Cassie, my mind was made up. I was either going to leave by myself, or I was leaving with her,” he shares.

And after the infamous fence jump, Underwood, 27, was able to collect his thoughts, and realized he needed to break up with both Adams and Godwin in person.

Tayshia Adams
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“I had to do what was right, and what was best for them, and that was to have that tough conversation,” he says.

Hannah Godwin
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And ultimately, “the game was changed in a way,” Underwood reveals.

“I knew I could walk away heartbroken,” says the Bachelor star. “But I had to fight for Cassie.”

Part 2 of The Bachelor‘s finale airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.