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Today (April 14), former Bachelor star Colton Underwood got candid about his sexual orientation and came out as gay during an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” He said he’d been aware that he was “different” since he was six years old and that he had known he was gay since high school. Underwood revealed:

<blockquote>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. I’m still nervous, but yeah. It’s been a journey for sure. </blockquote>

As to why he chose this moment to come out, Underwood explained he’d had a wakeup call when he got into a place that was “dark and bad.” He said it got into a point in his life where he “would’ve rather died” than say, “I’m gay.” 

When asked if he ever thought about harming himself, Underwood confessed, “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 added, “And I think for me, that was like my wakeup call, like this is your life. Take back control.”

The 29-year-old former football player is best-known for his stint on The Bachelor. He was first a contestant during the 14th season of The Bachelorette that starred Becca Kufrin as well as on the 5th season of Bachelor in Paradise before he was cast as The Bachelor himself on Season 23 in 2019.

Underwood was dubbed as the “virgin bachelor,” having revealed this fact on The Bachelorette. He shared, “I fully was a virgin before that, and I could never give anybody a good enough answer as to why I was a virgin.”

The former NFL star explained, “The truth is, I was a ‘virgin Bachelor’ because I was gay and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Lastly, Underwood said, “I’m still the same Colton everybody met on TV. I’m still the same Colton to my friends and 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.”  

Watch the interview in full below:

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