Colton Underwood, former ‘Bachelor’ star, says he’s gay

“This year’s been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look at themselves in the year and figure out who they are,” Underwood stated. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

The previous star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” stated that he wants he had actually accepted his reality faster.

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“I’ve had sort of a range of responses and the underlying most common was ‘I wish you would have told me sooner’ and when I hear that I wish I would have had faith in my friends and family a little bit more,” Underwood stated. “The only reason I’m sitting down with you today is because I have the love and support of my friends and my family.

Underwood starred on season 23 of the popular dating show. He made headlines at the time for being open about remaining a virgin. The Indiana native was named after the Indianapolis Colts, and he went on to play for three NFL teams, including the San Diego Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Oakland Raiders.
He formely was in a high-profile relationship with olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. During his time on the show he quickly fell in love with contestant Cassie Randolph and following the show’s finale they dated until April 2020. Randolph filed a restraining around that time against Underwood but eventually she dropped it.

Underwood spoke about questioning his sexuality in his book, “The Very First Time: Finding Myself and Trying To Find Love on Truth TELEVISION.”

In it he said dating Rudolph helped him realize he was straight.

“[The show taught me] that I’m straight and I’m really, really drew in to Cassie and ladies — however it would have been OKAY if it would have been the other method too,” Underwood told “Home Entertainment Tonight.” “I believe that’s the most significant message I have for individuals.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.