Cassie Randolph is getting real about her relationship with Colton Underwood and she would like everyone to know -- they're fine!
Last night, the reality star shared a sweet photo along with a novel-lengthed post to Instagram where she opened up about the "scrutiny" she and Colton have faced since their time on the ABC dating show.
She also took the chance to slam circulating breakup reports, which she apparently stumbled upon somewhere.
Frustrated Cassie cleared the air by letting the world know that she and Colton are "good and happy," but acknowledged that life after The Bachelor hasn't been a walk in the park.
...Though one would certainly think so from the looks of their adorable Instagram posts.
I guess life isn't always as good as it looks.
"Is our relationship perfect?" Cassie's post began, "No, it is very normal with its ups and downs and compromises."
"Despite the microscope on our relationship, we are trying to stay focused on what is important and grow in the direction of getting stronger and closer everyday."
"We know that in order for us to work, we need to focus on each other and not the craziness that sometimes surrounds us, and stay grounded," she wrote. Adding, "We are good!"
Randolph also opened up about her current struggle of trying to find the balance between her newfound stardom, grad school, and her personal life,
"At times the stress has made me question what the heck I am doing and those close to me have also questioned me as they see me burning the candle at both ends and at times more stressed than I should be," she explained.
"Some of the changes haven't just affected my life, but those close to me too."
But luckily for Cass, it sounds like Colton is patiently supporting her -- even if that means there will not be an engagement in their near future.
"To be even more transparent," she continued, "being in such a public relationship comes with its own set of added issues to manage. Our every move together is analyzed and every word is dissected."
"At times it can feel like our relationship status isn't just a matter of our own happiness, but other people's happiness too," she explained.
Unlike most love stories that come out of the Bachelor franchise, Colton and Cassie decided to date instead of rush into a proposal.
A totally smart and practical move!
But Cassie, who can't help but feel like the entire world is waiting for him to put a ring on it, says they're still figuring out what their future together might look like.
"Not only have we developed a deepening love for one another, but an amazing friendship bond has grown from this too," she reassured her fans.
"Bottom line, even though our relationship was born out of crazy and unnatural circumstances, our goal is to develop a healthy, NORMAL relationship as much as possible."
And as for their future, well she says it's TBD.
"We've found that when we put too much focus on the future, we miss out on the present and enjoying the moment," she explained.
"We both are learning so much in this and more than anything, we are both right where we want to be...happy...thankful....learning....growing!"
Got it! Thank you for that extremely informative update, Cassie!