Bachelor in Paradise: Lucy Hale ‘dating’ The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood

Bachelor in Paradise: Lucy Hale 'dating' The Bachelor's Colton Underwood
Bachelor in Paradise: Lucy Hale 'dating' The Bachelor's Colton Underwood

Ex Bachelor Colton Underwood and actress Lucy Hale are enjoying “casual hike dates” following his messy split from Cassie Randolph.

Sources say the Pretty Little Liars star reached out to Colton after his break up and the pair have been hanging out on a number of occasions.

In a picture posted by TMZ, Colton and Lucy are seen on a hike at Paseo Miramar Trail in Los Angeles’ scenic Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

The pair – who are thought to have mutual friends – look close, and aren’t wearing masks.

Colton’s ex, Cassie, recently slammed the former Bachelor for having “double standards” when it comes to discussing their former relationship.

The pair split at the end of May after 18 months together; they first met on Colton’s contentious season of The Bachelor in which fans saw him chase after Cassie – and famously jump a fence – on the season finale of the show.

However, after Cassie appeared on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! on July 6 and was pressed by host Chris Harrison to discuss their split, Colton threw shade on Instagram.

He claimed that Cassie was no longer standing by their personal agreement to “handle things as privately as possible”.

In response, however, Cassie has now alleged that Colton is planning to write a new chapter for his upcoming biography about their time together during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent split.

“This seems a bit unfair to me. Colton, you can do what you want, but please do not have a double standard,” wrote Cassie on Instagram.

She shared the news of Colton’s new chapter with fans by addressing her post to Colton: “On Monday evening, you informed me you intend to monetize our breakup by writing a new chapter to discuss your experience with COVID (where you stayed in my family’s house during your recovery and about our breakup).

“You have also refused to give me any sort of approval on the chapter you will be writing, which will heavily feature me.”

She also addressed Colton’s earlier claims in which he subtly suggested Cassie was no longer standing by their agreement, writing: “As some of you may know, I did a GOAT interview this week — I purposefully remained private and vague out of respect for Colton and our relationship.

“I have no regrets, gained a great boyfriend and a healthy 1 1/2 year relationship, incredible and unique opportunities, and I platform that I intend to use for good. I want to show appreciation. I didn’t see any harm in doing the interview, as I wasn’t going to dish out details about our relationship to them.”

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