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It's sad to hear, Bachelor Nation, but another of our couples has bitten the dust. Just a few days ago, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph both took to social media to announce that they'd decided to split, after meeting on Season 23 of The Bachelor in 2019. In each statement, the former couple said lovely things about one another and the time they'd spent together, but what really caused the breakup?

As with any celebrity breakup, speculation as to the cause of Cassie and Colton ending their romance abounds, with one such rumor saying that Cassie didn't want to get married, while Colton had been very ready to take that step for quite some time. Us Weekly spoke with a source close to the former couple, who remained unnamed, who said this about their breakup:

Cassie and Colton have a great friendship, but that’s what it was for most of their relationship. It was really very hot and heavy. They just made good partners and really great friends. Friends around Colton and Cassie knew this was coming for a while, they were pretty much just roommates toward the end.

This actually really tracks with what Colton said on Instagram when he announced his split from Cassie. After noting that the duo had been "doing a lot of self-reflecting" during the past few months, probably especially as Colton recovered from coronavirus and quarantined with Cassie and her family, he did say that "sometimes people are just meant to be friends - and that’s okay."

From what the source said in the interview, it sounds like Colton and Cassie did have at least some time during the beginning of their relationship where they were "hot and heavy." Unfortunately, it sounds like it eventually turned into a situation where they had to come to terms with the fact that they were better as friends, and taking the next step of getting married wouldn't be a good move. And, if you remember how things went down on The Bachelor between them, this actually makes a lot of sense.

Let's not forget that Cassie is the reason that Colton jumped that fence during Season 23. During the nighttime portion of their fantasy suite date, Cassie told Colton that she loved him, but wasn't in love with him and didn't know if she could get there with him. After her confession, Colton laid his heart on the line and told her that he was in love with her and didn't want to stick around for the rest of The Bachelor madness if she wasn't a part of it.

Cassie stuck to her guns, though, and after Colton saw her off that night, with both of them trying to hold back tears (and not succeeding that well), he briefly went back to the place they would have shared that night, but quickly turned around. Colton then stormed out angrily, took off his mic pack, got to the edge of the property and jumped that big ol' fence to get away.

As we all know, after the producers found him and he was convinced to return to the show, he spent the next day breaking up with Hannah Goodwin and Tayshia Adams, and then went to find Cassie and told her they could just date, instead of him proposing for the finale. Obviously, she took him up on his offer, but it sounds like Cassie's original assessment, that she wouldn't be able to get to a place where she'd be in love with Colton, turned out to be correct.

Luckily, it sounds like both Cassie and Colton are interested in remaining friends post-romance, and I have no doubt that they'll both be able to find someone to get hot and heavy with again in the future.

Next up for Bachelor Nation is The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!, which beings on Monday, June 8, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest on Clare Crawley's currently postponed 2020 season of The Bachelorette and to see what's coming to TV this summer!

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