Colton Underwood is proudly owning his fact — and looking out again at his time because the Bachelor. After the fact star, 29, came out as gay throughout a Wednesday, April 14, interview on Good Morning America, he mirrored on the franchise.
“Do I remorse being the Bachelor? Do I remorse dealing with it the best way that I did? I do assume I may have dealt with it higher, I’ll say that,” he shared with journalist Robin Roberts. “I simply want I wouldn’t have dragged individuals into my very own mess of determining who I used to be. I genuinely imply that.”
The previous NFL participant additionally wished to thank each lady who joined his season of The Bachelor, which aired in 2019.
“On the identical time, I can sit right here and say I’m sorry to all of these girls, I also can say thanks,” the Colton Underwood Legacy Basis founder stated. “With out them and with out the Bachelor franchise, I don’t know if this may have ever got here out.”
When Underwood first appeared on Bachelor Nation throughout Becca Kufrin‘s season, he made headlines after revealing that he was a virgin — a label that stuck with him all through his time because the Bachelor.
“I may by no means give anyone a adequate reply about why I used to be a virgin. The reality is I used to be ‘the virgin Bachelor’ as a result of I used to be homosexual, and I didn’t know the way to deal with that,” he advised Roberts, 60, throughout Wednesday’s interview. “I put myself in actually unhealthy conditions on objective. I put myself in these conditions so I may attempt to power myself to be straight.”
The First Time writer additionally wished followers to know that he’s “still the same Colton everybody met on TV,” regardless of lastly proudly owning his true self.
“I’m nonetheless the identical Colton to my pals and my household, I simply occur to have the ability to share with individuals now all of me,” he added. “And I am proud of that, you realize? I’m proud to be homosexual.”
Following the interview, Bachelor producers shared their assist for Underwood.
“We’re so impressed by Colton Underwood’s braveness to embrace and pursue his genuine self,” the crew at ABC and Warner Bros. stated in a press release. “As agency believers within the energy of affection, we have a good time Colton’s journey within the LGBTQIA+ group each step of the best way.”