Colton Underwood, a star of “The Bachelor” and a former football player, posed as gay in an interview with Robin Roberts, which aired on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
He described 2020 as a year of self-reflection, one that “probably a lot of people looked in the mirror and encountered what they were going through or what they were doing in their lives.”
29-year-old Mr. Underwood said in the interview, “I have been running away from myself for a long time.” “I hated myself for a long time. And I’m gay. And I came in earlier this year and was processing it, and the next step in all of this was to let people know. “
She said that understanding her sexuality has been a “journey”, and she is now “the happiest and healthiest” she has felt in her life. It had reached a low level in 2020, he said, which led to suicides and suicidal thoughts.
“I found a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share it,” he said. “I would have died rather than say, ‘I’m gay.” And I think it was like my wake-up call. “
In his 2020 memoir, “The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV”, Mr. Underwood spoke of his sexuality as a teenager by his parents.
“You know, Colt, we still love you and would support you if you were gay,” he told his mother, recalling him.
His father was more struggling. “She drew on the history of recent Google searches, which included gay porn sites and a variety of questions: ‘Am I gay? How do you know you’re gay? Why don’t I like to have sex with my girlfriend?’ “Mr. Underwood wrote in the book.” At first, I denied responsibility. Then I owned up to being curious. He asked if I wanted to talk about it. I said no, explaining that That I have discovered things on my own. “
Mr. Underwood appeared in “The Bachelorette” in 2018 and quickly became a fan of the reality dating show. But, season star Becca Kufrin voiced concerns that she was not ready for a lifelong commitment and terminated her after her “hometown” date, where she met her family. (Mr. Underwood’s sexual inexperience was a major point made by the show’s producers.)
She starred in “The Bachelor” in 2019, where again her virginity was a central theme. Nearing the end of the season, as the tension of the show grew, he stated that he was “done” with filming and “Jumped the fenceA resort in the Algarve region of Portugal in an attempt to escape the set.
After the show ended, Mr. Underwood and the 25-year-old, front-runner of their season, began dating. Ms. Randolph’s family helped her overcome Kovid-19 in March, around which time her memoir was published.
The couple announced their split in May 2020. In November, Ms. Randolph filed a restraining order against Mr. Underwood, who said he had placed a tracking device on her car. Viewers in his “Good Morning America” segment speculated that it was a personal lethargy, for which he was reluctant.
In its 20 years, the “Bachelor” franchise never featured gay artists.