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Colton Underwood GMA interview LIVE updates – Bachelor star ‘filming reality show’ after coming out as gay man


THE Bachelor alum Colton Underwood revealed he is gay to Robin Roberts on Wednesday’s episode of Good Morning America.

The former NFL star, 29, had teased “deeply personal” news on Tuesday, leading many fans to believe he was ready to confirm long-time rumors.

In an emotional interview, Colton came out, explaining that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown forced him to come to terms with his sexuality.

He nervously told Robin: “I ran from myself for a long time and hated myself for a long time and I’m gay.

“I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it
the next step, letting people know.

“I’m still nervous. It’s been a journey for sure.”

He added he’s now the happiest and healthiest he’s ever been, after coping with suicidal ideations during his secret struggle.

Colton, who starred on The Bachelor in 2019, also addressed why he was known as the “Virgin Bachelor.”

He said: “I could never give anybody a good enough answer about why I was a virgin.

“The truth is I was the ‘Virgin Bachelor’ because I was gay, and I didn’t know how to handle that.”

Colton split from his fiance, Cassie Randolph, in a nasty public breakup last year.

Read our Colton Underwood live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • CHEERING HIM ON

    Bachelor star Colton Underwood’s ex-girlfriends Tayshia Adams and Elyse Dehlbom praised him for being “authentic” after he came out as gay. 

    Colton, 29, told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Wednesday that he “came to terms” with his sexuality earlier this year and has been “processing the next step.”

    olton’s former Bachelor contestants are rallying around the star by praising him for coming out. 

    A rep for Tayshia Adams, who made the final four and was later The Bachelorette, told The Sun: “Tayshia is very happy that Colton is able to now live his life openly and without fear of sharing who he is.”

    Elyse Dehlbom, who was on The Bachelor up until week five, “applauded” Colton for “living his authentic self.”

    She added: “I hope this allows for him to be a healthier happier individual.”

  • GOING VIRAL

    Colton Underwood looked shocked as comic Billy Eichner told him to be “the first gay Bachelor” years before he came out.

    Following Colton’s interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, where he revealed what many suspected for months, a video from his Bachelor days has resurfaced.

    In the clip, Billy, who is known for his show Billy On The Street, sat down with the Bachelor to talk about his decision to remain a virgin “until he was in love.”

    When Colton asked him what criteria he used to determine if someone was worthy of being his partner, Billy told him: “I’m gay, I know that’s a shock, Colton.

    “That, I think, you should look into. Maybe you’re the first gay Bachelor and we don’t even know!”

    The former NFL star was left speechless and he quickly looked away from Billy and the cameras before laughing it off.

    As the clip resurfaced, the standup comic shared the clip himself, alongside the caption: “If you’re gay, be gay! I’ve been gay forever and I love it!”

    Colton responded, writing: “Love you. Love this (now) and now I love being gay.”

    “I’m happy for you. See you at the club, Colton,” Billy cheekily responded.

  • NOT MEANT TO BE

    Colton and Cassie were featured on season 23 of The Bachelor.

    The pair first met when she appeared on his season of the show that began airing in January 2019.

    broke up in May 2020.

    A source told People that the two had different priorities and ultimately knew they weren’t going to work.

    “Colton and Cassie just weren’t on the same page. Colton really wanted to settle down and get married – he’s been ready for a long time.

    “And Cassie just wasn’t ready. They both knew it wasn’t going to work,” the source said.

  • THE NEXT STEP

    Cassie Randolph reportedly filed a police report, alleging her ex-boyfriend, and former Bachelor Colton Underwood, placed a tracking device on her car.

    The reality star allegedly visited L.A. County Sheriff’s Department last Wednesday to file a complaint; she first made the claims in September when she requested a restraining order.

    “It was her intention to first, try and work through this process privately in a manner that gives both her and Colton safety, security and respect,” shared her lawyer, Bryan Freedman, to TMZ.

    “We are confident this is possible.”

    As part of her request for a restraining order, Cassie alleged that her brother found the tracking device taped underneath her car’s back bumper.

    Cassie also claimed that not only has Colton been harassing and stalking her with text messages, but he had been showing up uninvited to her apartment and parent’s house in Huntington Beach where he has been loitering in the alley outside her bedroom window at her folks’ home at 2am.

  • HAPPY AND FREE

     Bachelor’s Colton Underwood grinned ear to ear as he filmed his new reality show hours after coming out as gay in a Good Morning America interview.

    The 29-year-old seemed in high spirits as he loaded his luggage into an SUV in New York City.

    Colton wore a black T-shirt with a matching baseball cap, completing the look with a pair of sweatpants.

    He couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as he handed his luggage over, before getting into the vehicle himself.

    The Bachelor star is reportedly in New York City to film a documentary for Netflix focusing on his life as a gay man.

    Part of the documentary was filmed at the historic Stonewall Inn, according to reports.

  • COLTON’S CORNER

    Bachelor star Colton Underwood’s Christian family supports him ‘100 percent’ after he came out as gay, as his grandfather said “we’re all so proud.”

    Colton, 29, told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Wednesday that he “came to terms” with his sexuality earlier this year and has been “processing the next step.”

    The Bachelor star struggled with his sexuality because of his Christian upbringing, as he said he would “pray the gay away.”

    In an exclusive interview with Colton’s family members, they have shared their support of the former football player. 

    Colton’s grandfather Benjamin told The Sun: “We’re all proud of him and support everything he’s been through. I liked the interview. He knows we support him. He’s with us all the time.”

    His grandmother Joyce continued: “We all love Colton and we are behind him 100 percent.”

  • COLTON UNDERWOOD’S FAMILY SUPPORT

    The Bachelor star Colton Underwood’s Christian family supports him ‘100 percent’ after he came out as gay, as his grandfather said “we’re all so proud.”

    In an exclusive interview with Colton’s family members, they have shared their support of the former football player. 

    Colton’s grandfather Benjamin told The Sun: “We’re all proud of him and support everything he’s been through. I liked the interview. He knows we support him. He’s with us all the time.”

    His grandmother Joyce continued: “We all love Colton and we are behind him 100 percent.”

    Family member Sherri added: “I’m very excited and proud of him.”

    Colton's family supports him
    Colton’s family supports himCredit: Getty
  • COLTON UNDERWOOD SPOTTED FILMING SERIES

    The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood grinned ear to ear as he filmed his new reality show hours after coming out as gay in a Good Morning America interview.

    The 29-year-old seemed in high spirits as he loaded his luggage into an SUV in New York City.

    Colton wore a black T-shirt with a matching baseball cap, completing the look with a pair of sweatpants.

    The Bachelor star is reportedly in New York City to film a documentary for Netflix focusing on his life as a gay man.

    Part of the documentary was filmed at the historic Stonewall Inn, according to reports.

    Colton Underwood was all smiles on Wednesday, April 14
    Colton Underwood was all smiles on Wednesday, April 14Credit: Good Morning America
  • MEET CASSIE RANDOLPH

    Cassie Randolph first met Colton Underwood on season 23 of The Bachelor in 2018.

    Cassie Randolph, 25, is a speech language pathologist and the winner of Colton Underwood’s season of the Bachelor.

    The reality star hails from Orange County, California and was a former substitute ESL teacher at the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

    She dated Colton for 18 months until they called it quits in May 2020.

    Cassie Randolph
    Cassie RandolphCredit: Instagram/@cassierandolph
  • WHAT COLTON UNDERWOOD TOLD ROBIN ROBERTS

    Colton Underwood told Robin Roberts that he’s now the “happiest and healthiest” he’s ever been in his life after overcoming a bout of depression.

    At one point, he claimed he would’ve rather died than admitted that he was gay.

    When asked if he had ever harmed himself, Colton replied: “There was a moment in LA that I woke up where I didn’t think I was going to wake up. I didn’t have the intentions of waking up , and I think for me, that was my wake-up call of ‘this is your life, take back control.’

    “Looking beyond that, even just suicidal thoughts, driving my car close to a cliff and thinking ‘if I drive my car off this cliff it’s not that big of a deal…'”

    “I don’t feel that anymore,” he declared.

    Colton Underwood spoke to Robin Roberts
    Colton Underwood spoke to Robin RobertsCredit: ABC
  • BACHELOR TAYSHIA ADAMS SUPPORTS COLTON UNDERWOOD AFTER HE COMES OUT PUBLICLY

    Tayshia, who appeared on Colton’s season of The Bachelor, expressed how happy she was for her ex.

    Her rep told Page Six on Wednesday: “Tayshia is very happy that Colton is able to now live his life openly and without fear of sharing who he is.”

    “There is absolutely no ill will, only support for Colton sharing his story.”

    Tayshia was the most recent Bachelorette where she found love with Zac Clark.

    Tayshia Adams competed for Colton Underwood's heart during his season of The Bachelor
    Tayshia Adams competed for Colton Underwood’s heart during his season of The BachelorCredit: Getty
  • EXCLUSIVE: COLTON UNDERWOOD LOOKS SMITTEN WITH OLYMPIAN GUS KENWORTHY

    Colton Underwood looked smitten with Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy on a New York City stroll before he came out as gay.

    Before the interview, Colton was spotted walking through the West Village alongside his dad Scott and Gus.

    TMZ reports Gus Kenworthy will star alongside him in a Netflix docuseries, which is allegedly filming.

    In a candid interview on Wednesday, Colton came out to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

    Colton Underwood and Chris Harrison Credit: Getty
    Colton Underwood and Chris Harrison Credit: Getty
  • RESPONSES TO COLTON’S ANNOUNCEMENT

    Demi Burnett, who also appeared on Colton’s season and came out on Bachelor in Paradise, tweeted: “Welcome to the community brother.”

    Fans are also calling for a re-do of Colton’s season by having the first gay bachelor. 

    One fan wrote: “@Colton as the first gay bachelor?”

    A second one tweeted: “Yay! Do your thing ABC. We’re waiting for the first season with a gay #Bachelor.”

    A third one commented: “First gay Bachelor season.”

    Colton revealed he was gay in a Good Morning America interview on Wednesday, April 14.

    Colton Underwood revealed he was gay in an interview on Good Morning America
    Colton Underwood revealed he was gay in an interview on Good Morning AmericaCredit: Good Morning America

     

  • COLTON UNDERWOOD’S EXES RESPOND

    Colton Underwood’s ex-girlfriends Kirpa Sudick and Elyse Dehlbom praised him for being “authentic” after he came out as gay on Wednesday, April 14 during a Good Morning America interview.

    Kirpa, who was eliminated during week seven, exclusively told The Sun: “I saw the news about Colton and I’m happy he’s able to live authentically now and not have to hide that part of himself. Wishing him all the best!”

    Elyse Dehlbom, who was on The Bachelor up until week five, “applauded” Colton for “living his authentic self.”

    She added: “I hope this allows for him to be a healthier happier individual.”

    Angelique Sherman, who was eliminated during the second week of filming, told The Sun: “I wish Colton nothing but the best and I’m so happy for him figuring out his truth. 

    “He has my support just like many others in the gay community.”

    Colton Underwood revealed he was gay during a Good Morning America interview
    Colton Underwood revealed he was gay during a Good Morning America interviewCredit: Getty – Contributor

     

  • COLTON UNDERWOOD SPOTTED IN NYC?

    Colton Underwood was seen in New York City filming a Netflix docuseries, Page Six reported.

    The spotting comes before he revealed he was gay in an interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday, April 14.

    Underwood reportedly began filming the docuseries before the interview.

    Colton Underwood is reportedly filming a new docuseries
    Colton Underwood is reportedly filming a new docuseriesCredit: ABC

     

  • WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COLTON UNDERWOOD

    Colton Underwood, 29, is a former NFL player.

    He was on season 14 of the Bachelorette as a contestant and then was named season 23’s Bachelor for the franchise.

    He is from Indiana and graduated from Illinois State University.

    He was not drafted by the NFL but was signed to join the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.

    Colton Underwood was The Bachelor on the 23rd season
    Colton Underwood was The Bachelor on the 23rd seasonCredit: Instagram
  • RHONY ALUM CAROLE RADZIWILL PRAISED COLTON UNDERWOOD FOR LIVING HIS TRUTH BUT SLAMMED HIM FOR GOING ON THE SHOW

    The 57-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Congrats to Colton Underwood but also What?? You apply & compete with other men to go on a TV show looking for love & you think you might be gay?

    “What about processing that without involving TV crews and 25 girls. It’s a great day for gay men, bad day for young women. #Bachelor”

    She then wrote in a separate tweet while sharing the GMA interview: “I’m happy for Colton to be living his truth now.

    “Is anyone talking about whether ABC executives should be vetting their contestants better? Or what the women think? @[email protected] What’s good?”

  • CHRIS HARRISON SPEAKS OUT

    The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison has been quiet on social media following last season’s scandal.

    However, he broke his silence on social media to show support for Colton Underwood.

    Harrison wrote on his Instagram, “Very proud of you today @coltonunderwood. Happy to see you stand up and openly live your truth. You have my love and support my friend.”

  • RESTRAINING ORDER

    Why did Cassie Randolph file a restraining order against Colton Underwood?

    In 2020, she filed the restraining order against The Bachelor star for allegedly placing a tracking device on her car, harassing and stalking her and showing up at her parents’ property.

    Court documents revealed that Colton had also been harassing Cassie through text messages at one point pretending to be an anonymous stalker.

    Cassie filed the police report when she heard that Colton was coming back to California.

    Cassie dropped the restraining order a few months later after the two reportedly reached a private agreement.

    Colton and Cassie
    Colton and CassieCredit: Getty

     

  • COLTON FILMING NETFLIX REALITY SHOW AFTER GAY REVEAL

    Colton will make his return to the small screen, as he reportedly films a new reality show for Netflix about his new life as a gay man.

    According to Us Weekly, the 29-year-old will open up about his sexuality in the new series.

    TMZ reports Colton’s close friend Gus Kenworthy and other LGBTQ+ stars will also appear on the show.

  • COLTON’S INSTAGRAM

    The Bachelor star deleted all his Instagram posts ahead of his interview with Good Morning America.

    The move comes just as the former Bachelor star revealed on GMA that he’s gay.

    Underwood‘s 1.9million followers woke up the morning of April 14 to an entirely empty page of the former Bachelor star’s Instagram account.

  • COLTON’S EXES: WHO ARE THEY?

    Colton Underwood has dated a few notable people including Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.

    They were spotted at several red carpets together and he introduced her to his family on Christmas.

    Underwood and Raisman dated for a year and he confessed to the Journal Star that they had broken up but that “they were still good friends.”

    He moved on with Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin but she claimed that he was not the one for her after meeting his family on the final four episode.

    The two ended things and Underwood began dating Tia Booth, another Bachelorette contestant.

    Colton Underwood dated Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman
    Colton Underwood dated Olympic gymnast Aly RaismanCredit: AP

     

  • WHAT DID COLTON SAY ABOUT CASSIE IN HIS GMA INTERVIEW?

    Colton Underwood apologized to Cassie Randolph but said he “loved everything about her.”

    “It made it more confusing for me,” he said. “I loved everything about her. …I wish that would’ve been courageous enough to fix myself before breaking anyone else.”

    He told Robin:  “I would like to say sorry for how things ended, I messed up I made a lot of bad choices.

    “I loved everything about her, and it’s hard for me to articulate my emotions and going through that relationship with her because I obviously had an internal fight going on.

    “I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused, I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anyone else.”

    Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood
    Cassie Randolph and Colton UnderwoodCredit: Getty
  • COLTON’S EX CASSIE RANDOLPH: WHO IS SHE DATING NOW?

    Season 23 of The Bachelor saw Cassie Randolph receive the final rose from Colton Underwood.

    The pair dated for 18 months after the season finale of The Bachelor season 23, though eventually called it quits in May 2020.

    Randolph is rumored to be seeing Brighton Reinhardt.

    Reinhardt is a model, singer and social media influencer, with a following of over 89,000 on Instagram.

    While the two have been rumored to be dating since the summer of 2020, Reinhardt took to US Weekly to deny those rumors.

    “Cassie and I are just friends and have been for over four or so years. My brothers and I are all close with Cassie and her whole family.”

  • WHAT TEAMS DID COLTON UNDERWOOD PLAY FOR?

    Before he was a reality television star, Colton was a football player, trying to make it big in the NFL.

    Underwood played his college football days at Illinois State University, where he followed in his father’s footsteps and played for the Illinois State Redbirds.

    He entered the 2014 NFL Draft but went undrafted.

    In May 2014, Underwood signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent, however, he was waived two months later.

    In September of that same year the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to their practice squad for less than a week before he was waived again.

    He was signed to the Chargers practice squad and signed a contract. However, a year later he was waived.

    In 2015, he was signed to the Raiders practice squad but was released in 2016, marking the end of his professional football career.

    Colton Underwood played football
    Colton Underwood played footballCredit: Getty



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