Sharing his reality. Colton Underwood spoke out on Thursday, April 15, following his Good Morning America interview.
“The help and messages from everybody in my life (my previous teammates, my associates, household, coaches and even my pastor) have meant the world to me,” Underwood instructed GMA in an announcement on Thursday.
Along with bonus footage from the interview airing on Nightline, the morning present aired a bonus clip on Thursday, wherein Underwood spoke about looking for “any label in addition to ‘homosexual’” whereas rising up.
“I’ve probably the most loving and supportive family and friends, however I additionally felt like I had lots of strain on me, rising up within the church and likewise in sports activities as an athlete, I used to be at all times chasing after a label,” he mentioned. “As a result of I needed any label in addition to ‘homosexual.’”
“I’ve ran from myself for a very long time, I’ve hated myself for a very long time. I’m gay. I got here to phrases with that earlier this 12 months, and the subsequent step in all of this was type of letting individuals know,” he revealed. “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Meaning the world to me.”
The previous soccer participant first appeared on Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, coming in fourth place. He went on to look on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise earlier than turning into the season 23 Bachelor.
Though he didn’t get engaged on the finish of his season, Underwood did fall in love with contestant Cassie Randolph. The pair dated from November 2018 till Might 2020, once they announced their split through Instagram.
“Generally persons are simply meant to be associates – and that’s okay,” he wrote on the time. “We each have grown immensely and been by way of a lot collectively – so this isn’t the tip of our story, it’s the beginning of an entire new chapter for us.”
In January, Underwood launched the paperback model of his memoir, The First Time: Discovering Myself and On the lookout for Love on Actuality TV, which initially got here out in March 2020. In the bonus chapter, the Indiana native detailed the split, explaining that his battle with COVID-19 — throughout which he quarantined at her household’s residence — put strain on their relationship. In the end, he was blindsided by the separation and left broken-hearted.
“Falling in love is like open-heart surgical procedure. Breaking apart is like seeing your coronary heart in another person’s palms and realizing the anesthesia has worn off. Geez, it harm. The pain was excruciating. However not almost as unhealthy as it might have been if I’d by no means had that relationship with Cass,” he wrote within the chapter. “I imagine each of us have remained in love with one another and at all times can be. I do know Cass famously mentioned on tv that she liked me however wasn’t in love with me, and on reflection that’s so Cassie: true, conflicted, confused, not wanting to harm, attempting to keep away from being harm, and ultimately following her coronary heart. She adopted her coronary heart to me. I’ve little question she was in love with me simply as I used to be in love together with her.”