A former star of US reality TV show The Bachelor, the place the male lead dates a number of feminine contestants earlier than proposing marriage to one in all them, revealed on Wednesday that he’s gay.
“I’ve ran from myself for a very long time. I’ve hated myself for a very long time,” 29-year-old Colton Underwood advised ABC’s Good Morning America program.
“And I am gay. And I got here to phrases with that earlier this 12 months and have been processing it. And the following step in all of this was type of letting folks know,” added the previous American soccer participant.
In 2018, Underwood was a contestant on the 14th season of The Bachelorette, when he made it to the ultimate 4 earlier than being eradicated. A number of months later, it was his flip to be wooed, when organisers introduced that he can be the lead in season 23 of The Bachelor.
Underwood mentioned he had “remorse” for accepting the function and mentioned he may perceive if among the feminine contestants felt misled.
He advised ABC that he turned conscious of his sexuality throughout adolescence however that whereas attending Catholic college he “realized within the Bible that gay is a sin.” Later, as an athlete he remembered folks utilizing the phrase “gay” as a time period that held “a connotation of negativity,” he added.
Underwood mentioned he had skilled “suicidal ideas” earlier than he determined to “take again management” of his life.