Former “Bachelor” Colton Underwood revealed that he’s gay on Good Morning America this morning. “This year’s been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look at themselves in the year and figure out who they are,” he told GMA’s resident lesbian Robin Roberts. “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 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.”
Obviously referring to his recent breakup with
girlfriend Bachelor costar Cassie Randolph, Underwood said he got into a “dark” place (translation: had suicidal thoughts) in his personal life and admits that he made many mistakes. “I got into a place with my personal life that was dark, and bad, and I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses,” Underwood explained. “I think overall, the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this I don’t, I would have rather died than, say, I’m gay. I think that was sort of my wake-up call.”
The former NFL player revealed that while he has always been plagued with questions about his sexuality by his friends, but only recently by his parents. He told his mom that he wasn’t gay, but his father didn’t let it go right away. Colton’s dad pulled up his history of recent Google searches, which included gay porn sites. “At first, I denied responsibility. Then I owned up to having been curious. He asked if I wanted to talk about it. I said no, explaining that I’d figured things out on my own. I begged him not to tell Mom, but I’m sure he did” said Underwood. He added that neither of them ever spoke about it again.
Fans first met Underwood on season 14 of The Bachelorette while competing for Becca Kufrin’s heart in 2018. It was here where he first revealed that he was a virgin. He later found love with Randolph, 25, on season 23 of the dating series, which aired in 2019.
I have to say, I really didn't see this one coming (I always thought it was just too easy). While it's great that Colton is now free to portray his true self, but I do look forward to the time when a person's sexuality is no more relevant than being either right or left handed.