'Bachelor' alum Colton Underwood comes out as gay: 'I'm the happiest and healthiest I've ever been'

29-year-old reality star sat down with “早安美国” host Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Wednesday.

Obviously 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 or what they’ve been running from or putting off in their lives. 而对我来说, I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay,” Underwood announced.

The TV star said it was his down time spent during the 冠状病毒大流行 that helped him process his truth.

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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,” 他说.

Roberts noted that he appeared to be happy despite his announcement being an “情感的” 一.

I’m emotional but I’m emotional in such a good, happy, positive way. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life and that means the world to me,” Underwood shared.

木头下, who previously dated Cassie Randolph, said he went through a period in his personal life that wasdark and bad.

I can list a bunch of different things but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I got to a place where I’d rather die than think I was gay,” 他说.

Colton Underwood previously dated Cassie Randolph.

Colton Underwood previously dated Cassie Randolph. (美联社)

前者 “学士” lead recalled one moment he experienced in Los Angeles where hedidn’t have intentions of waking up, and I did.

“为了我, that was my wake-up call, 喜欢, ‘This is your life. Take back control,'” Underwood added. “I think looking back even beyond on that, even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, '哦, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal,’ I don’t feel that anymore,” 他说.

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Underwood’s announcement comes two years after he selected Randolph to hand his final rose to at the end of his season of “光棍” 在 2019. 然而, the pair never proceeded with an engagement and instead opted to continue dating following the season’s end. They reportedly split in mid-April 2020.

Last fall, Randolph filed a temporary restraining order against Underwood after he allegedly exhibited some unsettling behavior that included placing a tracking device on her car.

然而, Underwood told Fox News in November that the situation has been resolved amicably between them.

Today Cassie asked the court to dismiss the temporary restraining order against me. The two of us were able to reach a private agreement to address any of Cassie’s concerns,” 他在声明中说. “I do not believe Cassie did anything wrong in filing for the restraining orders and also believe she acted in good faith. I appreciate everyone’s respect for privacy regarding this matter.

Underwood also was briefly linked to Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.

三月 2020, he released a memoir titled The First Time,” which details his journey on “光棍,” as well as enduring both love and heartache.

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