Colton's Breakups During The Bachelor's Season Finale Were Absolutely Brutal
Warning: spoilers for The Bachelor ahead!
Part one of The Bachelor's season finale aired on Monday night, and it included a number of highly dramatic moments. No, we didn't get to find out if Colton ultimately ends up with Cassie, but the show did pick up exactly where we left off last week: with Colton jumping over that fence. Once the show repeated the fence-jump moment about 6 trillion times, accompanied by footage of Colton sobbing as he speed-walked through the dark countryside in Portugal, we moved on to the episode's more emotional scenes — the big breakups he had to carry out after professing his love for Cassie.
Since Colton spent all of the previous episode saying that he didn't want anyone else in the competition other than Cassie, it was nice to see that he wasn't taking it back all of a sudden even though she rejected him; instead, he knew he had to break up with the remaining two women — Tayshia and Hannah G. — because he knew in his "heart of hearts" that he couldn't "be in love with more than one person."
First up was Tayshia, whom Colton surprised in her hotel room in Portugal. Since she'd been with him in the overnight Fantasy Suite date just a day before, she was thrilled to see him. However, things quickly took a turn when Colton told her the real reason he was there. He explained that he was in love with Cassie — which earned him a very tense (and warranted) "Mhmm" in response — and then Tayshia asked if they could step inside to chat things out away from all the cameras.
The pair still had their mics on (of course), so audiences were able to listen in to everything that went down between the two. The result? Well . . . mostly it was a back-and-forth of muffled cries and apologies from Colton, who promised he never meant for this to happen.
He said similar things to Hannah G. when he stopped by her room after chatting with Tayshia, but their conversation got a lot more heated. The interaction began with a confessional from Hannah, who said she'd just finished writing a love letter and was ready to finally say that she was in love with him. Unfortunately, he burst her bubble pretty much immediately after that, telling her, "I thought it was gonna be you."
"I really thought it was for sure going to be us," she tearfully responded, clearly blindsided. "I don't know how to take this right now."
The real fire from Hannah came when Colton told her that she made him "better."
"That's what I do. I make everybody better, and they don't want to stick around," she said. "I'm so angry right now. I think I just want to get out of here because I'm so embarrassed . . . I didn't think it was possible for there to be a better connection than what we had."
Even though he told her that she doesn't "deserve to be anybody's backup plan," Hannah told him, through tears, to leave. She wasn't the only one crying, though — as soon as he left her room, Colton had a breakdown in the hallway, needing to be consoled by a producer on the show. "That's literally how much I love Cassie — I'm willing to walk away from someone that great," he sobbed.
The level of messiness involved in these breakups naturally has Bachelor Nation in an uproar. See the best reactions to both Hannah and Tayshia's exits, ahead.