Cassie Randolph got a kiss from her beau Brighton Reinhardt on the red carpet for Stephen Lovegrove’s First Noelle Ball this Thursday.
The 26-year-old blonde attended the event the day before her The Bachelor ex Colton Underwood’s controversial new docuseries dropped on Netflix.
Colton came out as gay this April months after his split from Cassie, who accused him of stalking her in the wake of their breakup.
Look of love: Cassie Randolph got a kiss from her beau Brighton Reinhardt on the red carpet for Stephen Lovegrove’s First Noelle Ball this Thursday
However her troubles appeared to be far behind her as she beamed on her latest red carpet while Brighton planted a smooch on her cheek.
Cassie cut a stylish figure in a black peekaboo cocktail dress that hinted at her trim waistline as she posed up for the shutterbugs.
Meanwhile her musician boyfriend showed off his toned and tattooed arms in a short-sleeved blazer that matched his slacks.
The day she attended the fete – just before Colton’s show premiered – an insider told E! News that Cassie ‘thinks it’s inappropriate that Colton has continuously spoken about their relationship, but understands it’s part of his journey.’
Incidentally: The 26-year-old blonde attended the event the day before her The Bachelor ex Colton Underwood’s controversial new docuseries dropped on Netflix
Looking fab: Cassie cut a stylish figure in a black peekaboo cocktail dress that hinted at her trim waistline as she posed up for the shutterbugs
Good place: Cassie, who went public as a couple with Brighton this July, ‘is really happy right now and is in a healthy relationship’ according to an E! News source
‘She doesn’t love that her name keeps getting brought up. She has definitely moved on from that time in her life,’ the source in her camp pointed out.
‘They went through a lot together and she prefers to not talk about that chapter, and to keep moving forward in her life,’ the insider continued.
Cassie, who went public as a couple with Brighton this July, ‘is really happy right now and is in a healthy relationship.’
To hear the source tell it: ‘Cassie has not spoken to Colton in a very long time and they don’t have a friendship.’
Controversy: Colton came out as gay this April months after his split from Cassie, who accused him of stalking her in the wake of their breakup
Colton led the 2019 season of The Bachelor where gay guest star Billy Eichner famously teased him: ‘Maybe you’re the first gay Bachelor and we don’t even know!’
Cassie Randolph ultimately won the season and they dated for a year and half, during which she helped care for him when he had COVID-19.
Their split came in May 2020 – and then that September she succeeded in obtaining a temporary restraining order against him.
She accused Colton of stalking behavior, including alleging that he taped a tracking device under the back bumper of her car.
‘Moments after I came out to my dad’: Before the docuseries came out Colton uploaded this poster of to his Instagram and revealed when the picture was taken
A police report followed in October but by November – at Cassie’s own request – the restraining order and investigation were dropped.
On the docuseries, which dropped on Netflix Friday, he said he ‘felt myself becoming more of a straight man’ while with Cassie and ‘started to spiral’ after the split.
News clippings about the stalking scandal flashed across the screen as Colton said: ‘I was f***ed up. I was suppressing my sexuality so hard that I was taking medication daily to deal with depression and anxiety and that made me a paranoid freak.’
He added: ‘I didn’t trust a whole lot of people and I was trying to do anything and everything I could to protect a secret.’
Throwback: Colton led the 2019 season of The Bachelor where Cassie won his hand, after which they were together for over a year
Then text from Cassie’s restraining order appeared and Colton admitted in a confessional: ‘I lost my mind and I did some things, I said some things that I’m not proud of and that’s not me making excuses for what I did because I did f*** up. I made mistakes and I will take ownership in that.’
In a conversation with a friend he emotionally revealed that he ‘hit rock bottom’ following the breakup and ‘took a lot of Xanax, like not thinking I was gonna wake up the next morning. And I did. It was pretty bad.’
Near tears he said: ‘And I think that was like for me, like, I only have one life. Something’s gotta change or I’m not gonna be here.’
Colton, who has spent the past few months dating political strategist Jordan C. Brown, recently offered some rare insight into the romance.
The way they were: Their split came in May 2020 – and then that September she succeeded in obtaining a temporary restraining order against him
‘I wasn’t really pursuing dating at first. But since then I found somebody and I am very much in love,’ the heartthrob shared with People.
He also explained why he is so protective of the relationships privacy, saying: ‘After The Bachelor I learned the boundaries and healthiness of having a private relationship. Everybody went through my breakup and the ups and downs of my dating life. It’s nice for me to have something for myself.’
Yet he did gush of Jordan that ‘I’m the luckiest person to have him in my life,’ and said the political strategist is a ‘great support.’
The show bowed on Netflix shortly after a trailer where he apologized to the women he dated and ‘misled’ while in the closet.
Side by side: Colton now appears to be in a relationship with one Jordan C. Brown whom he is pictured with earlier this month at the star-studded Baby2Baby gala
”I didn’t want to be gay, but the main voices in my head were just telling me: “You’ll get through this, you’ll get through this,”‘ he said. ‘I never thought I was going to come out, I thought I was going to die with this secret.’
Colton also confessed: ‘The reason I’m coming out is because I’m ashamed and I’m sort of mortified of what got me in this position in the first place.’
He added: ‘I put a poor girl through hell [because] of my own insecurities. I was starting to hurt other people outside of just myself.’
Earlier days: Colton, who was a professional football player before his segue into reality TV, is pictured in 2017 attending a Golden Globes after-party in Beverly Hills
Colton became the first openly gay Bachelor this April when he came out of the closet on Good Morning America.
During a subsequent Variety interview he did not directly admit to Cassie’s allegations but said he was ‘sorry’ for how he acted.
‘Controlling situations to try to grasp at any part of the straight fantasy that I was trying to live out was so wrong,’ he said.
Tease: The show bowed on Netflix shortly after a trailer where he apologized to the women he dated and ‘misled’ while in the closet
He said he came out to his publicist months before doing so publicly because ‘I, at one point, during my rock bottom and spiral, was getting blackmailed.’
After visiting a spa popular with gay men ‘just to look,’ he got an email from an unidentified sender who purported to have nudes of Colton at the venue.
Although Colton has not seen any such pictures himself, the prospect of being outed with them was enough of a scare that he confided in his publicist.