If you’ve been watching the current season of The Bachelor, you know that Cassie Randolph has emerged as a frontrunner in the quest to take Colton Underwood’s virginity.
We know from our Bachelor spoilers that Cassie makes it to Colton’s top four, and judging from the chemistry on their one-on-one island date/endless makeout sesh on Monday night’s episode, we’d say the smart money is on Randolph to win it all.
Unlike Colton, Cassie is not still holding her V-card.
There’s certainly nothing unusual about that, and most of the women in the house — and the world, for that matter — are more sexually experienced than Colton.
But Cassie seems oddly apologetic about it, and openly frets about her family finding out that she’s not a virgin when the season airs.
If, like many viewers, you were wondering what’s up with that, it appears we have your answer.
Cassie is a graduate of an ultra-conservative Christian college called Biola University (an acronym for Bible Institute Of Los Angeles).
After she graduated last year, she starred in a different reality show called Young Ones that — according to its website — "follows a diverse group of recent graduates from Christian college who are now navigating dating, marriage, debts, and career decisions against the backdrop of life in Southern California."
So Cassie is from a deeply religious background, and her family is about to get a double-dose of her post-collegiate personal life, hence all the fretting about how she’ll be perceived.
Apparently, Young Ones focuses heavily on Cassie’s relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Caelan Tiongson.
As you already know, reality TV timelines can be confusing, and rumors tend to spread like wildfire on the internet.
So the fact that Young Ones is airing concurrently with The Bachelor is being taken by many as a sign that Cassie already had a man when she signed on for the race to win Colton’s heart.
Now, however, Tiongson himself has come forward to clarify that that’s not the case.
Caelan, who is currently a basketball player in the Philippines, posted the above photo to Instagram this week, along with a lengthy caption defending Cassie.
"As many know, my ex girlfriend is currently a contestant on the tv show The Bachelor. The both of us have also appeared on a documentary series called Young Once," he began.
"The show catches you up on our lives as the first season was shot at Biola University while we were still going to school there."
Caelan went on to explain that the show "happened to catch the closing of mine and Cassie’s on and off relationship during the recording of this show."
He then assured viewers that there was no overlap between Cassie’s two televised relationships.
"Make no mistake that Young Once was filmed before The Bachelor, and the fact that they are airing at the same time is a strategy to attract viewers," he continued.
"Both Cassie and I made mistakes in our relationship, but I think we’d both agree it dragged out much too long anyways."
He went on to say that while he and Cassie were "not a great fit for each other" he has no regrets about their time together and wishes her all the best going forward.
"The reality of the situation is that Cassie is a great girl. Her decision to go on The Bachelor was a decisive moment in my life to move forward so why couldn’t it serve as that for her as well?" he wrote.
"Nobody has the right to tell her whether or not she has good intentions. So although the full truth may not be out…not everybody’s business needs to be on reality tv."
We guess she’s all yours, Colton!