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Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor was once dubbed “the most dramatic season ever,” but according to the former Bachelor, what viewers saw on television was only a glimpse of what he was experiencing emotionally.
Underwood opened up about how being The Bachelor affected his mental health to Steve Carbone in a recent episode of the Reality Steve Podcast.
“I had so much anxiety and so much depression that I was like, throughout the majority of my season, I was pretty heavily medicated,” he said. “I’m not going to lie. I was taking medication for anxiety and for depression during the whole entire season.”
Underwood said that since being on the show, he’s distanced himself from the franchise to prioritize his own mental health.
“There have just been too many things that I’ve found out about and that has happened for me to feel comfortable working with them on a professional level, not even personal.”
One of the experiences Underwood referenced was former girlfriend Cassie Randolph’s interview with host Chris Harrison on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!. The couple split in May and her interview largely focused on their breakup. Underwood says he spoke with Randolph the morning of the interview and that producers convinced her the interview was to “get to know her” and her latest personal ventures.
“I was like, ‘That’s not what they’re going to do to you,'” he recounted to Carbone. “I wasn’t here to tell her what she can and can’t do, that’s just not who I am. I was like, ‘Do it, but I’m just warning you, this is what’s going to happen. They are going to point questions in my direction. I don’t care how long you talk to them, they are only going to air the parts about us or me.’ Which is what they did.”
Underwood shared his disappointment with the interview on Instagram after it aired, however he clarified on the Reality Steve Podcast that he wasn’t upset with Randolph.
“Cass stayed extremely professional and extremely quiet about our breakup,” he said. “What bugged me was the fact that that show took advantage of her. I get very defensive over people I love and I know Cass is a big girl and she can fight her own battles, but I just know her heart and she doesn’t want to rock the boat and she loves people, even if they abuse her or even if they take advantage of her, which they did.”
Underwood says he believes Randolph was “taken advantage of and completely manipulated” by The Bachelor.
“You have Chris Harrison pointing questions, saying, ‘I sense you don’t want to make Colton mad or you’re afraid you’re going to upset Colton,’” Underwood said. “It’s like, ‘No, Chris. I literally talked to her the morning of that interview. We’re good. Stop worrying about me or painting me to be this controlling or angry person. I’m not angry. If there’s anybody I’m upset about or upset with, it’s you guys.’”
As far as his relationship with Randolph now, Underwood shared he and Randolph are still friends.
“I have nothing but good things and love and well-wishes and friendship with Cassie right now,” he said. “I love the girl and miss the girl dearly.”
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Meagan Lynn is a host at AfterBuzz TV and Elon University graduate with a degree in journalism. She loves singing, listening to inspirational podcasts and watching reality TV.
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