Many The Bachelorviewers were shocked to see Colton oust Caelynn from the competition considering she was the only one of Colton's final four bachelorettes to tell him that she was "in love," not just "falling in love" with him.
"I don't think that's a fair question to ask. I think you can ask why [Hannah Godwin], why [Tayshia Adams] and why Cassie over Caelynn," Colton toldEntertainment Tonight during an interview at The Bachelor: The Women Tell All taping.
"One thing that I wish I could have articulated more to Caelynn tonight: it was nothing [about] where our relationship was. It was where the others were."
Colton elaborated, "That was the one thing, and as I said earlier, that was the hardest Rose Ceremony that I had all season."
As for why he felt compelled to give Cassie a rose despite her reluctance to verbalize her feelings for him, Colton admitted he wasn't making decisions based on logic.
"That's one thing that I think people need to realize is when you're in the relationship, you have to follow your heart and trust your gut as much as possible," Colton explained.