Bachelor Nation Stars React to Colton Underwood Coming Out as Gay: 'You Have My Love and Support'
Former Bachelor Colton Underwood came out as gay on Good Morning America Wednesday
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"I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time, and I'm gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it," the reality star said. "The next step in all of this was letting people know. I'm still nervous. It's been a journey, for sure."
"I'm emotional, but in such a good, happy, positive way," he continued. "I'm the happiest and healthiest I've ever been in my life, and that means the world to me."
Hannah Godwin, the runner-up on Underwood's season, tells PEOPLE that she supports the former Bachelor lead and wishes him "the very best."
"I support Colton for having the courage to finally be able to live his life authentically," she says. "Nobody should have to hide who they really are. I'll always wish Colton the very best and hoping he has found his peace."
Tayshia Adams, another runner-up who went on to become the Bachelorette, said in a statement to PEOPLE: "I'm very happy that Colton is able to now live his life openly and without fear of being his true self. I support his willingness to share his truth, and welcome the additional LGBTQ representation to Bachelor Nation with open arms."
"Very proud of you today @coltonunderwood Happy to see you stand up and openly live your truth," Harrison wrote alongside a picture of the pair. "You have my love and support my friend."
"Just a reminder that homophobic comments will not accepted or tolerated today or any day," she continued in a second tweet. "You've been warned."
"Proud of you for having the courage to come out and be honest with yourself and the world," fellow season 23 contestant Catherine Agro shared on her Instagram Story.
"It's impossible for me to imagine what he went through and it's impossible for me to relate to his experience and I can't imagine hiding that secret from the world on national television, for years… his inner demons and the struggle he has had within himself… so I'm proud of him for being true to who he is and I hope he's able to give other people courage to do the same," he said.
"I shot him a text, but I'm sure his phone is blowing up... but I'm sure I'll hear from him in the next couple of days," Horstmann added. "Hopefully we can chat to let him know what I think and how proud I am of him."
Demi Burnett, who came out as queer following her time on Underwood's season, tweeted, "Welcome to the community brother."
In a statement shared with PEOPLE, the executive producers of the popular franchise also shared their support.
"We are so inspired by Colton Underwood's courage to embrace and pursue his authentic self. As firm believers in the power of love, we celebrate Colton's journey in the LGBTQIA+ community every step of the way," the statement said.
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Outside of Bachelor Nation, various celebrities spoke out about Underwood's revelation on social media.
Eichner's tweet came after an old video of the comedian's appearance on Underwood's Bachelor season resurfaced on social media. In the video, Eichner suggests that Underwood could be the "first gay Bachelor and we don't even know," while Underwood looks visibly uncomfortable.
"'Coming out' can be a terrifying, uncomfortable, and traumatizing experience because we still live in a world where we are made to fear the consequences of living freely. Let that sink in. So happy for @colton Underwood. His courage will undoubtably save lives today," Levy wrote.