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The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph split but vow to remain friends due to ‘special bond’

THE Bachelor’s Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph have broken up 18 months after they first began dating on the ABC reality show.

The former couple each announced the shocking split on Instagram Friday in emotional posts that vowed they’ll continue to be friends.

Colton, 28, posted a somber black and white shot with Cassie, 25, as they looked out to a lake from the back of a boat.

“Its been a crazy few months to say the least, Cass and I have been doing a lot of self-reflecting.

“Sometimes people are just meant to be friends - and that’s okay. We both have grown immensely and been through so much together.

“So this isn’t the end of our story, it’s the start of a whole new chapter for us,” the former NFL player wrote on his page.

The Huntington Beach native also confirmed the news with a series of snapshots throughout their relationship.

She wrote alongside the pictures: "First off, I want to say this is one of the hardest things I have had to share as neither one of us is quite ready to talk about it yet.

"However, because our relationship is such a public one, our silence on the matter has been speaking for us.

"Colton and I have broken up, but have decided to remain a part of each others lives.

"With all that we have gone through, we have a special bond that will always be there. I love Colton very much and have an enormous amount of respect for him.

"We have both learned and grown so much these past couple years, and will always have each others back. Always," the reality contestant concluded.

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