Will ‘The Bachelor’s’ Colton And Cassie Last? Here’s What Their Body Language At The Finale Says
You had your fantasy league all lined up. You committed—every Monday night—to watching cringe-worthy one-on-one dates. You argued with friends about who was there for the "right reasons." You did it all—for no one to get engaged during 23rd season finale of The Bachelor.
Yeah, yeah, Colton Underwood followed his heart by choosing to date Cassie Randolph (who said she didn’t love him, btw) instead of proposing to one of the women who did want to marry him. It was a risky move—albeit, one that will keep me watching the show for another 23 seasons of drama. But still, I have my doubts.
As most fans know, "forever" in Bachelor Nation usually means "for now," and though I don’t see this relationship panning out any other way, that verdict is probably (definitely) best left up to the experts.
So, is having to convince someone who said she couldn’t see a future with you a solid foundation for a relationship? Lillian Glass, PhD, a relationship expert, weighs in on the couple’s first public appearance and reports that Colton and Cassie are "absolutely the real deal."
She says the show simply wasn’t the right setting for their love to flourish (and it took Cassie a while to realize that). Once they were off-camera, however, their relationship improved, according to the couple’s body language during the "After The Final Rose" finale special last night.
Colton and Cassie are solid.
This eye contact absolutely sold Glass. "They're eye to eye, nose to nose, and mouth to mouth," which means they're on the same page and "totally connected." These four months away from the cameras since filming wrapped, which Cassie described on Instagram as "amazing," gave her the time she needed to become "best friends" with Colton and show everyone just how great they're doing last night, complete with knee touching and big white smiles.
... And super into each other.
If you had doubts about whether or not Colton was still a virgin (same), Glass says this hand holding might hint toward some, uh, positive developments in that department. Despite the look in Cassie's eye, this moment is the real (sexual) deal. Colton not only nuzzles Cassie, but he's taking sexual liberties by holding onto her hand and placing it high on his thigh, and touching her thigh with his other hand. It's all the evidence you need should you ever find yourself debating why Colton and Cassie will join the six other Bachelor couples who've stayed together.
They've had time to develop something real.
Not all kisses mean love, Glass says, but this passionate one does. Colton’s had a whole season to assure viewers Cassie’s the one for him, but the fact that Cassie is fully leaning into this kiss and touching Colton's face means he’s the one for her, too.
Glass suspects, though Cassie knew what she was signing up for when she agreed to have cameras film her while she dated someone, she probably later realized she wasn't ready for the engagements that typically happen at the end. Once the show ended, she could finally allow herself to take her time developing her love.
...And it's something they're holding onto.
Let's face it, a lot of The Bachelor is played up for the cameras, but this embrace was not, Glass tells me (despite my protests). "Their bodies are melded to each other, and they're taking each other in," she says, the way couples in real love do.
Cassie is finally in sync with Colton.
Okay, so this one isn't technically from last night's "After The Final Rose" finale special, but from this morning when the couple appeared on Good Morning America. The two are walking in step, sporting genuine smiles, and acting as "mirror images of one another," Glass says. Apparently, that means Colton and Cassie are in sync, and Glass is confident they'll prove me and my cynicism wrong by staying together.
Well, there's only way to see if a Bachelor couple has really survived the test of time, and that's if they end up Bachelor In Paradise for another chance at love... stay tuned.