Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 2:20 PM PST.
Colton Underwood, star of “The Bachelor” and a former football player, came out as gay in an interview with Robin Roberts that aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”
“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, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
Underwood expressed that coming to understand his sexuality has been a “journey,” and now he is “the happiest and healthiest” he’s felt in his life. Underwood had reached a rock bottom in 2020, he said, that led to thoughts of self-harm and suicide. “I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this,” he said. “I would have rather died than say, ‘I’m gay.’ And I think that was sort of my wake-up call.”
It's a bit ironic when you look at this old clip of him from when he was "The Bachelor". Comedian Billy Eichner made a joke that Colton should explore being gay, and that he "Might Even Be The First Gay Bachelor"
Now, when Roberts asked about the women from his "Bachelor" season and how they -- among others -- may feel misled, Underwood said he "would understand why they think that way."
Colton went on to say,
"I've thought a lot about this too, of, 'Do I regret being the Bachelor and do I regret handling it the way that I did?' I do, I do think I could've handled it better, I'll say that."
Underwood also said he "genuinely" wishes he hadn't dragged people into "my own mess of figuring out who I was." In addition to saying sorry to those women, he would said thank you because, ultimately, they and the franchise helped him get to this place.