In an interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, he revealed to her it’s something he’s struggled with for a long time:
“I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time. And I’m gay.
And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
Underwood was named “The Bachelor” in 2019 for the 23rd season of the show, after being a contestant the season prior of The Bachelorette. He ended up with contestant Cassie Randolph before they broke-up earlier last year.
If you watched that season, you’ll remember it was quite a wild ride, with the topic of his virginity coming up frequently and his iconic fence-jumping moment at the end of the season. He didn’t end up proposing to Cassie, but gave her his final rose and the two dated for a while.
He also told Roberts in the interview he knew some of the woman might be confused hearing this news and felt bad for not being able to come to terms with himself sooner:
“I wish that I would’ve been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”
He released a book last year detailing his journey to find love in the world of reality TV. He says he’s still the same guy America saw on TV, but now, free to fully be himself:
“I’m still the same Colton everybody met on TV. I’m still the same Colton to my friends and my family, I just happen to be able to share with people now, all of me. And I am proud of that, you know? I am proud to be gay.”