Although Colton didn’t “pick sides,” he definitely made a statement by giving the one-on-one to Caelynn, and I am not surprised he did. These two have an undeniable chemistry and have such a natural way of interacting with each other, and it shows. More importantly, though, I am so happy that Caelynn had the setting of a one-on-one date to open up to Colton about being a survivor of sexual assault. She did so with grace, strength, vulnerability and just overall supple composure.
I truly commend Caelynn and ABC for fueling a dialogue that needs to be openly discussed, especially in this world of modern dating.
I have to say I am beyond impressed with Colton this season. He was so receptive to Caelynn sharing her story, and did an incredible job both listening and offering his own experience on the topic. In general, he's been great at treating every relationship as its own by being engaging with each woman and opening up to each of them about himself. I know ABC was getting much grief about naming Colton as the Bachelor, but as it turns out, they knew exactly what they were doing.
What I’d rather focus on is the part we never see enough of during this show: the struggle between relationships and friendships. This became more transparent than ever, as we saw Cassie breaking down after Caelynn returned from her shopping date. It didn’t help that Caelynn chose to show off every single one of her items (something Becca didn’t do last season after her date). The struggle of being excited for one of your friends, while also being jealous at the same time, is very unique to this experience and not an easy feeling to make sense of. Cassie breaking down made her all the more endearing and shows just how far along her feelings for Colton are. Here’s to hoping she gets a one-on-one date next week. Until then …
Astrid Loch competed for Nick Viall's affections on The Bachelor season 21, and has found both love and friendship from the franchise. Her relationship is stronger than ever with Kevin Wendt, whom she started dating last summer on Bachelor in Paradise season 5.