In an exclusive interview Colton Underwood decided he was ready to live his truth.
Fans of the uber-popular reality tv franchise will undoubtedly know who Colton Underwood is.
Colton Underwood is an American reality television personality and former football player. He was a football tight end at Illinois State and was signed by the San Diego Chargers, and was later part of the practice squad for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. Following his release from the Raiders, Underwood became a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, and was then announced as the lead of the 23rd season of The Bachelor.
The morning of Wednesday, April 14, 2020, Colton Underwood spoke his truth.
He divulged details about his sexual journey, namely revealing that he is gay to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
“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 shared. “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.”
I sat down with former #Bachelor star @colton for a deeply personal conversation. Like for so many...this past year was a time of deep reflection. You'll hear from #ColtonUnderwood in his own words exclusively coming up @GMA pic.twitter.com/KLh6OD58ww— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) April 14, 2021
Colton goes on to disclose during the interview that coming out as gay has made him closer to God: “I used to pray for Him to change me and ... [now] I can actually have faith and go into church and be present and not have it be conditional on this.”
.@colton tells @robinroberts that coming out as gay has made him closer to God: “I used to pray for Him to change me and ... [now] I can actually have faith and go into church and be present and not have it be conditional on this.” https://t.co/PoYJUAPBpA pic.twitter.com/e8LwmmtPFy— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2021
"I'm still nervous, but yeah," he continued. "It's been a journey for sure."
Robin Roberts, who is openly gay, took a moment to say that she could "see the joy" and "see the relief" in Underwood, he said he was "emotional in, like such a good, happy, positive way," and is "the happiest and healthiest" he's ever been. He had recently gone through a dark time in his life where he felt that he "would've rather died" than say he's gay.
"There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn't think I was gonna wake up. I didn't have the intentions of waking up. And I did," he recalled, noting this moment -- and other "suicidal thoughts" -- led him to "take back control" of his life.
Underwood goes on to say that he understands why those involved with the Batchelor may feel misled. He "genuinely" wishes he hadn't dragged people into "my own mess of figuring out who I was." In addition to saying sorry to those women, he would said thank you because, ultimately, they and the franchise helped him get to this place.
“We are so inspired by Colton Underwood’s courage to embrace and pursue his authentic self. As firm believers in the power of love, we celebrate Colton’s journey in the LGBTQIA+ community every step of the way,” the producers said in a statement.
"I support Colton for having the courage to finally be able to live his life authentically," said Hannah Godwin, who made it to the top three on Colton's season of the ABC series, in a statement to Us. "Nobody should have to hide from who they really are. I'll always wish Colton the very best and hoping he has found his peace."
“Coming out” can be a terrifying, uncomfortable, and traumatizing experience because we still live in a world where we are made to fear the consequences of living freely. Let that sink in. So happy for @colton Underwood. His courage will undoubtably save lives today. ♥️ https://t.co/gAaYldPD9a— dan levy (@danjlevy) April 14, 2021
"I feel for Cassie," season 15 Mike Johnson tweeted on Wednesday. "[But] happy for Colton."
Tayshia Adams. who was in Colton's top three women during season 23 sent this tweet out:
. @colton I am so proud of you for finally being able to share and live your truth. Sending you love and support! 🤍✨— Tayshia Adams (@tayshia) April 14, 2021
"Very proud of you today. Happy to see you stand up and openly live your truth. You have my love and support my friend," said Chris Harrison, The Bachelor host, who is currently on a hiatus from the franchise.