Colton Underwood has publicly opened up about his sexuality for the primary time, revealing in an emotional interview on Wednesday that he’s homosexual.
“I’ve ran from myself for a very long time,” Underwood advised host Robin Roberts. “I’ve hated myself for a very long time. And I’m homosexual. I got here to phrases with that earlier this 12 months and have been processing it, and the subsequent step in all of this was type of letting folks know.”
The 29-year-old recalled a time when he “would fairly have died than say, ‘I’m homosexual,’ and that was type of my wake-up name,” and stated he had additionally thought-about harming himself.
“There was a second in L.A. that I awoke and I didn’t assume I used to be going to get up,” he stated. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did.”
Nowadays, nonetheless, he stated he’s “the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
Underwood was the lead of the twenty third season of “The Bachelor,” which aired in 2019. He gave his ultimate rose to Cassie Randolph, however finally determined to not suggest to her. The couple ended their relationship final 12 months, and Randolph quickly acquired a restraining order towards Underwood after accusing him of stalking her.
Underwood advised Roberts he’d “beloved every part about” Randolph, however stated he “had an inside struggle occurring” through the relationship.
“I want that I had been brave sufficient to repair myself earlier than I broke anyone else,” he stated.
Underwood talked about being a virgin whereas on the present, and his sexuality shortly grew to become the topic of ample media hypothesis. In his 2020 memoir, “The First Time,” he spoke at size about his Christian religion, and recalled having been bullied by classmates in grade college and highschool as a result of they assumed he was homosexual.
The Indiana native was additionally a contestant on Season 14 of “The Bachelorette,” which aired in 2018, and appeared on the fifth season of “Bachelor In Paradise” that very same 12 months. Previous to his actuality TV fame, he spent three years on NFL follow squads.
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