The former star of “The Bachelor” Colton Underwood appeared for an interview on “Good Morning America” to reveal more about his personal life than ever before. Underwood revealed in the GMA interview, “I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time … and I’m gay.”
“I could never give anybody a good enough answer about why I was a virgin. The truth is I was ‘the virgin Bachelor’ because I was gay, and I didn’t know how to handle that," says Colton Underwood of his time on the ABC reality franchise https://t.co/2DOXz2a4mA
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 14, 2021
Underwood goes onto explain that he has come to terms with coming out earlier this year and is working on processing this big life change. He goes onto admit he struggled mentally attempting to suppress his sexuality.
Underwood first appeared on “The Bachelor” franchise in 2018 as a contestant Becca Kufrin’s season of “The Bachelorette” following an appearance on “Bachelor in Paradise” for Season 5. Colton Underwood became famous going on a journey to find love on the hit TV dating show “The Bachelor” in 2019 with the season 23 storyline heavily focusing on his virginity. At the end of his season, Underwood chose Cassie Randolph but the couple didn’t end the show with the traditional engagement but continued their relationship until splitting up last year during the COVID-19 lockdown.
JUST IN: Former “Bachelor” star @Colton Underwood speaks his truth and comes out to @robinroberts: “I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it… I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.” https://t.co/PoYJUAPBpA pic.twitter.com/isP7SptUu7
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2021
Underwood chronicled the struggle with his sexuality in his memoir “The First Time” which was released in March 2020 and maintained “The Bachelor” which helped him realize he wasn’t gay. Underwood confessed in the GMA interview, “I would have rather died than say I’m gay and I think that was sort of my wake-up call.”
Following this wake-up call, Underwood has since accepted himself feeling the “happiest and healthiest” he’s ever been and no longer struggles with suicidal thoughts. Underwood explains once he accepted himself the natural next step would be telling people showing he’s being true to himself moving forward.