Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood reveals he's gay

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Former “Bachelor” Colton Underwood has come out as gay, announcing the news in a pre-taped interview with Robin Roberts that aired on “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning.

“I’ve ran from myself for a long time,” he shared in the interview, noting that “I’ve hated myself for a long time. I'm gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”

Underwood, 29, revealed that he was nervous but that he was “emotional in a good, positive way.” The former NFL player, who appeared on season 23 of the hit reality dating show, shared that he is “the happiest and healthiest” that he has ever been.

He noted that he “got into a place, for me in my personal life, that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things but they’d all be excuses, but I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would have rather died than say I’m gay and I think that was sort of my wake-up call.”

Underwood also revealed that “there was a moment in LA that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up – I didn’t have the intentions of waking up,” after Roberts asked him if he had ever contemplated harming himself.

The reality star apologized to the contestants on his season of “The Bachelor,” sharing that he thinks he “could’ve handled it better. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people in the mess of figuring out who I was.” He also thanked the women, “because without them and without ‘The Bachelor’ franchise I don’t know if this would’ve come out.”

In September of 2020, Underwood’s ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph was granted a temporary restraining order against him. The 25-year-old filed a restraining order against Underwood after she accused him of stalking and harassing her.

According to multiple reports, Underwood will helm an unscripted series at Netflix that will follow his journey as a publicly gay man. Variety reports that the project is currently under production, though Netflix declined to comment on the matter.

Randolph claimed Underwood sent her “unsettling” text messages and oftentimes called and communicated with her from alias phone numbers. She dropped the restraining order in November.

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