Former US Bachelor star Colton Underwood has come out as gay in an interview on US television, saying he “hated himself for a long time”.
The reality TV star and former NFL player told Good Morning America he came to terms with his sexuality earlier this year and was now ready to tell people.
“This year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives,” he said.
“For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time. 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. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure.”
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He said he knew he was “different” at age six. Now, he says, he’s “the happiest and healthiest” he’s ever been.
“I couldn’t process it and put my finger on it until high school, my freshman year, when I knew I was gay,” he recalled.
“And by that time I had already grown up in the Catholic church. I’ve gone to Catholic grade school. I learned in the Bible that gay is a sin.
“I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career. And when you make mistakes [you hear] ‘that play was gay’.
“[Gay] was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”
Gay Bachelor Colton Underwood gets Netflix series about coming out
Colton Underwood is now working on a Netflix series about his coming out and “living his life publicly as a gay man”, according to Variety.
The outlet reported Olympian Gus Kenworthy will appear in the series, acting as a sort of “guide” for Underwood.
Underwood starred as the Bachelor in the 23rd season, which aired in 2019.
His eventual partner from the show, Cassie Randolph, later filed a restraining order against him, accusing him of harassment and stalking.
Speaking to Good Morning America, Underwood apologised to her and the other Bachelor contestants.
“I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into the mess of figuring out who I was,” he said.
“I had an internal fight going on. I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart and for the emotional pain it caused.
“I wish I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anyone else.”
More recently, Underwood said he had found himself in a “dark and bad” place.
“Overall the reason why [I’m coming out] now is because I got to a place where… I would’ve rather died than say I’m gay,” he said.
“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. I think that for me was my wake-up call.”
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