Former “Bachelor” Comes Out as Gay on GMA
Celebrity credits quarantine for helping him accept his sexuality.
BY TAT BELLAMY-WALKER
Former “Bachelor” star
Colton Underwood came
out as gay in an interview
with Good Morning
America’s Robin Roberts on April
“I’ve ran from myself for a long
time,” Underwood told Roberts.
“I’ve hated myself for a long time.”
Like many newly out LGBTQ people,
being hunkered at home due to
COVID-19 gave Underwood space and
freedom to examine his sexuality.
“And I’m gay,” he added. “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.”
But the feelings Underwood acknowledged
privately about his
sexuality differed from his public
persona. In 2018, Underwood competed
for the love of Becca Kufrin
Colton Underwood came out as gay on Good Morning America.
as a contestant on season 14 of the
“Bachelorette.” The following year,
the then 26-year-old Indiana native
secured a role as the “Bachelor”
and chose Cassie Randolph as
At that time, Underwood recalled
“praying to God” and
thanking him for making him
straight. However, the couple
soon split and were embroiled in
controversy. Last year, Randolph
put a restraining order against
Underwood, accusing him of harassing,
stalking her, and placing
a tracking device on her car, GMA
reported. While Randolph has dismissed
these claims, the ex-reality
star apologized for his behavior
during the GMA interview, adding
that he was battling an “internal
“I wish that I would’ve been courageous
enough to fi x myself before
I broke anybody else,” he told
After Underwood came out, reports
indicated that Netfl ix was
planning a series about him — but
that sparked backlash in light of the
harassment allegations surrounding
his past. A petition is calling for
the series to be scrapped.
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