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COLTON UNDERWOOD COMES OUT AS GAY

Inside his journey from “Virgin Bachelor” to proud member of the LGBTQ+ community

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Bachelor star Colton Underwood is ready to live his truth. The former football player came out as gay on Good Morning America after a tumultous year of self-discovery.

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I’ve ran
from myself for a long time.

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Underwood told host Robin Roberts that since coming to terms with his sexuality, he’s “the happiest and healthiest” he has ever felt.

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He said he knew he was “different” as a child and used to pray to God to “take the gay away.” He also discussed feeling suicidal as an adult. 

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Now, with the support of his loved ones, Underwood is ready to embrace himself — though he “still has a lot to work through.”

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While leading season 23 of The Bachelor (when his virginity was a focal point of the show), Underwood gave the final rose to Cassie Randolph. 

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They didn’t get engaged but dated until May 2020. After the split, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood. 

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She accused him of stalking her, putting a tracking device on her car and showing up to her apartment and parents’ house unannounced.

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In November, Randolph dropped the restraining order and said in a statement to PEOPLE that the exes “were able to reach a private agreement.”

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During his GMA interview, Underwood publicly apologized to Randolph and the rest of the women on his Bachelor season. 

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I just wish I wouldn't have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was.

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Underwood isn’t the only season 23 cast member to come out. Contestant Demi Burnett confirmed she is bisexual on season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise

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“As firm believers in the power of love, we celebrate Colton’s journey in the LGBTQIA+ community every step of the way,” Bachelor producers said in a statement following the interview.

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Underwood’s reality TV days may not be over. Variety reports that a Netflix show following his life as an openly gay man is underway, with Olympian Gus Kenworthy as his “gay guide.”

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