Colton Underwood, a former Bachelor, comes out as gay on GMA.
Colton Underwood is a homosexual.
The former Bachelor came out to Robin Roberts during a Wednesday morning Good Morning America interview.
“I've been running from myself for a long period of time,” the 29-year-old said during the pre-recorded interview. “For a long time, I despised myself. I accepted that earlier this year and have been processing it, and the next step in all of this was to inform people.”
Underwood, who discovered he was "different" at the age of six, said he is now "the happiest and healthiest" he has ever been, but confessed to being in a "dark and bad" position prior to discovering his reality.
“Overall, the reason I'm doing it now is because I've reached a point where... I'd rather die than say I'm gay,” he added.
According to the former NFL star, he also attempted suicide.
“There was a point in Los Angeles when I awoke and I didn't believe I was going to wake up,” he said. “I had no intention of getting up. That, I believe, was my wake-up call.”
Last year, Underwood was tied to former "Bachelor" contestant Cassie Randolph, who obtained a restraining order against him. The couple met during Season 23 of ABC's dating show.
Underwood apologised specifically to Randolph during the "GMA" interview.
“I'd like to express my regret for how things turned out,” he said. “I made a mistake. I made numerous poor choices.”
Underwood acknowledged he was in love with Randolph, which complicated determining his sexual orientation.
“It added to my confusion,” he said. “I adored her in every way. I wish I'd been brave enough to mend myself before causing harm to others.”
The couple initially split in 2019 when they realized they "weren't talking," but they worked through their problems and reconciled.
They split again in 2020, but this time the split took a dark turn. Months later, Randolph sought — and was granted — a restraining order against Underwood, alleging he stalked her.
Randolph, 25, said Underwood installed a tracking device on her car and texted her with "unsettling" messages. She finally reported the suspected tracker to the police.
In November, she vacated the restraining order.
“The two of us were able to come to an understanding in private to resolve all of Cassie's concerns,” Underwood later told TMZ. “I assume Cassie did not commit any wrongdoing in applying for the restraining orders and that she has behaved in good faith. I appreciate everyone's sensitivity to this matter."
During his season of "The Bachelor," Colton Underwood appears alongside his female contestants.
Additionally, Underwood apologised to the women he harmed by being on "The Bachelor."
“Do I have any regrets about being 'The Bachelor'? Do I regret the way I handled it? I am. I believe I should have done it more effectively,” he admitted. “I just wish I hadn't pulled people into the muddle of determining who I was. … However, I can sit here and express my regret to all of those people, as well as my gratitude, because without them and without the 'The Bachelor' franchise, I'm not sure this would have come out.”
Underwood, who revealed that he thanked God for putting him on "The Bachelor" because it meant he was "straight," made his television debut in 2018 on Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette."