Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood came out as gay during a sit down interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America”. He also announced a new reality show at Netflix. It will be an unscripted series that focuses on Underwood living his life as an out gay man for the first time.
There aren’t a lot of details currently, but out Olympian Gus Kenworthy will serve as a sort of “gay guide” for Underwood, helping him acclimate to his new community and identity. Before appearing on The Bachelor and its spinoffs, Underwood was a tight end in the NFL, playing for the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and Philadelphia Eagles. With Kenworthy there to help him, Underwood’s forthcoming reality show is sure to go into what life is like for gay pro athletes.
Like so many people, Underwood did a lot of soul searching over the last year, which helped him to accept his sexuality.
“I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay,” the 29-year-old revealed. “I came to terms with that earlier this year, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”
In March 2020, Underwood told People Magazine that there was a time he thought he might be gay after school bullies taunted him about it, but he believed he was just “super insecure”. “It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it, I thought, maybe I am gay. … I didn’t know who I was.”
Much of Underwood’s struggle with accepting his true identity came from his religious upbringing. “I learned in the Bible that gay is a sin, I don’t feel that anymore. I literally remember praying to God, the morning I found out that I was a bachelor, and thanking him for making me straight. I remember that vividly, saying ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, that I’m gonna have the kids, gonna have the house.“
Today, Underwood says he has accepted his truth and he has the full support of his family. “I’ve had sort of a range of responses and the underlying most common was ‘I wish you would have told me sooner. When I hear that I wish I would have had faith in my friends and family a little bit more. The only reason I am telling you today is because I have the love and support of my friends and my family.”
Watch the complete interview here:
Welcome to the club, Colton! Now, can we get a gay Bachelor?
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