“He is relieved to be in a better place now. He did love Cassie but there was always something missing in his heart,” according to the insider, who notes, “He is excited to start this new journey and wants a clean slate.”
The source adds that Colton hopes that Cassie can forgive him for last year’s “incidents,” saying, “He is in a much better place now and is clear-headed.”
After coming out on air, Colton apologized to Cassie and admitted, “I messed up” and “I made a lot of bad choices.”
He said that when the show aired in 2019, he did feel he was in love with her.
“That only made it harder and more confusing for me,” the reality star told host Robin Roberts. “If I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her and it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were in going through that relationship with her was because I obviously had an internal fight going on.”
He added, “I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”
E! News has reached out to his rep for comment.