Colton Underwood, bachelor no more! He and Cassie Randolph are officially an item.
“We’re so excited to be out in public and not have to hide anymore,” Underwood told People. “I’m so in love, and I’m ready for everyone to know it.”
“We can finally be outwardly happy and not have to keep this big secret," Randolph added.
On Tuesday night, Underwood and Randolph appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the exciting news. When asked when he knew Cassie was the one, Colton responded, "I think, you know, in Singapore I realized how incredible and special she was."
"So should I say you're girlfriend and boyfriend?" Kimmel asked the couple, causing them to stutter over their answer. Colton finally answered "Future wife," eliciting "Awws" from the audience.
Because Underwood didn't propose during the show's finale, Kimmel made sure the two still got their Neil Lane ring for their future engagement.
“I do feel like you guys kind of got cheated a little bit because of the way you went about this,” Kimmel told the couple. “Because they love to have you get engaged on television and part of the deal is you get the ring from Neil Lane. So this afternoon I was like, ‘This kind of sucks, they don’t get the ring from Neil Lane.’ So we called Neil Lane and so here, he sent the ring.”
Kimmel presented the reality star a stunning, diamond and platinum set princess cut ring that boasts a center diamond at almost 3 carats, accented by 162 round brilliant cut diamonds, a Neil Lane rep tells Brides. Underwood teased his future-fiancé by asking her to stand up (as if he was going to propose) but then reassured he was only kidding—for the time being.
Season 23 of the bachelor wrapped on Tuesday night, and in what might just be the biggest surprise ending in the show's history, Randolph beat out Hannah Godwin and Tayshia Adams for the final rose—but not an engagement ring.
“I know there’s a certain format that comes along with being the Bachelor,” Underwood told People. “But this was about the rest of my life. And I couldn’t risk giving Cassie up.”
During the season's penultimate episode, Randolph shocked viewers when she walked away from the show after her father revealed that he didn't approve of her relationship with Underwood. Her departure caused the former NFL player to #jumpthefence, as she was the clear front-runner to become Mrs. Colton Underwood. (He professed his love to her earlier in the episode.) The season finale had an even bigger surprise, though, when it was revealed that Randolph was still in Portugal after the other two women had left, giving Underwood a chance to prove his love once and for all.
After two emotional conversations with Godwin and Adams that ended with them both heading home, it was time for Underwood and Randolph's official romantic reunion. For much of the episode, she still had her doubts about their relationship (which she voiced to both Underwood and his family), but once they made it to the fantasy suite it was clear that they were very much in love.
Of course, rumors swirled about Randolph and Underwood's relationship status after the reality star was spotted with Randolph's sister's boyfriend at the gym earlier in the week. And during the live show on Tuesday night, they giddily revealed that they were happily dating and living in L.A. (in separate apartments, for now).
“Our goal is to buy a house in Huntington Beach in the next year, but we probably won’t move in together until we’re engaged or married,” Underwood said. “As much as I want her to live with me, it’s a big step and something we both take very seriously.”
The couple, who aren't engaged just yet, say they plan to tie the knot eventually.
"She doesn’t have a ring on her finger yet,” Underwood said of his girlfriend. “But she will, one day.”
Randolph agreed that a proposal is in the future. “We definitely talk about our future engagement," she told the outlet, adding, "We’re both excited to get to that point.”
Though this season is over, we won't have to wait long for our Monday nights to pick up: ABC has announced that Hannah B. will star as the next Bachelorette, which premiers this spring. Ultimately, Underwood said he doesn't regret the experience at all, despite its ups and downs.
“I came on The Bachelor wanting to be madly in love when I left,” he says. “And that’s exactly what happened.”