There is big news in Bachelor Nation! Former star of The Bachelor, Colton Underwood, has come out as gay. After a very dramatic season and an even more dramatic breakup with former girlfriend Cassie Randolph, Colton has a lot to say.
Thankfully, now Colton is now ready to share his story!
Colton Underwood Speaks His Truth
In a Good Morning America interview airing on Wednesday, April 14 Colton Underwood digs deep and gets very personal.
Speaking with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Underwood says, “Obviously this year has been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives.”
Colton continues saying, “And for me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it.”
Colton also shares that he is “still nervous” about letting people know, and says “It’s been a journey for sure.”
Fortunately, he also adds, “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
I sat down with former #Bachelor star @colton for a deeply personal conversation. Like for so many…this past year was a time of deep reflection. You’ll hear from #ColtonUnderwood in his own words exclusively coming up @GMA pic.twitter.com/KLh6OD58ww— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) April 14, 2021
Robin Roberts asks Colton about the moment where he found the courage to speak his truth, and he says it was when his life reached a “dark and bad” place.
Further explaining this he says, “I think overall the reason why now, is because I got to a place where I don’t think I was ever going to share this. I would’ve rather died than say I’m gay. And I think that was sort of my wake-up call.”
For Colton, speculation surrounding his sexuality has been an ongoing occurrence. Bachelor Nation fans will remember that his season of The Bachelor discusses Colton’s virginity a great deal. Colton says, “It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it. I thought, maybe I am gay. The captain of the football team should be having sex and drinking, right? But I wasn’t.”
His mother even approached him about his sexuality saying, “You know, Colt, we’d still love you and support you if you were gay.”
So, when he was cast as The Bachelor, Colton reveals that he was grateful. He says, “I literally remember praying…praying to God the morning I found out that I was The Bachelor, and thanking him for making me straight.”
Colton’s Bachelor Journey
Reflecting on his time as The Bachelor, Underwood says, “I’ve thought about this, too. Do I regret being The Bachelor and do I regret handling it the way that I did?” Answering his own question he says, “I do think I could have handled it better.”
Colton adds, “I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was.”
On the other hand, Colton appreciates his time on the show. He says, “At the same time, like, that I can sit here and say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘Thank you’ because without them and without The Bachelor franchise I don’t know if like, this would have ever came out.”
In the interview, Colton also shares a message to Cassie. He says, “I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. 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.”
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