Dan Levy, Andy Cohen reward Colton Underwood for popping out

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“Bachelor” star Colton Underwood is “proud to be homosexual.”

The previous soccer participant got here out as homosexual Wednesday morning in a candid interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, throughout which he recalled the “suicidal ideas” that prompted him to “take again management” of his life and settle for his full id.

“I’ve ran from myself for a very long time. I’ve hated myself for a very long time,” he instructed Roberts, including that he was “nonetheless nervous” to go public together with his sexual orientation. “And I’m homosexual. And I got here to phrases with that earlier this 12 months and have been processing it. And the subsequent step in all of this was kind of letting folks know. … It’s been a journey for positive.”

Throughout their dialog, Underwood opened up about how his Catholic upbringing brought about him to imagine that being homosexual is a sin and pray to God to “change him” and “take the homosexual away.” Now the “Bachelor” fan favourite stated he feels a better connection to God that’s not “conditional.”

“I feel there’s plenty of issues, after I look again, I’m like, ‘No marvel I held it in,’” he stated.

Underwood additionally mirrored on his “Bachelor” previous whereas thanking and apologizing to the ladies he met on the present. He first appeared on the 14th season of “The Bachelorette,” which noticed him advance to Becca Kufrin’s closing 4 suitors in 2018, earlier than main the twenty third season of “The Bachelor” in 2019.

Season 23 noticed Underwood current his “closing rose” to Cassie Randolph. Although he didn’t suggest marriage to Randolph on the finish of the present, the 2 dated outdoors the ABC program earlier than splitting in 2020.

(After their high-profile breakup, Randolph filed a restraining order in opposition to Underwood that she later dropped. The court docket paperwork requested that Underwood cease harassing, surveilling and contacting her or taking any motion, immediately or via others, to achieve her. In accordance with an announcement from Underwood, the pair resolved the scenario privately.)

After he was introduced because the lead of “The Bachelor,” Underwood instructed Roberts he thanked God for “making me straight” and hoped the sequence would result in him marrying and having youngsters with a lady. On the present, Underwood was often called the “virgin Bachelor” and made headlines when he jumped the fence surrounding the “Bachelor” mansion in an obvious try to flee the manufacturing.

“I’ve thought rather a lot about this too, of, ‘Do I remorse being the Bachelor and do I remorse dealing with it the best way that I did?’ I do,” he instructed Roberts, including that he selected to stay a virgin whereas on the present as a strategy to course of his sexuality. “I do assume I might’ve dealt with it higher, I’ll say that.”

Although he stated he genuinely regrets involving others in his “personal mess of determining” his sexuality, Underwood credited the “Bachelor” franchise with serving to him understand his true id.

“If I had to return and provides anyone recommendation … ‘You’re going to get via it’ is what I might inform myself,” he instructed Roberts. “‘Preserve combating for you. Preserve selecting you each morning. And when the time’s prepared or when the time’s proper and also you’re prepared, do it by yourself time.’”

“I’m nonetheless the identical Colton everyone met on TV,” he added. “I’m nonetheless the identical Colton to my buddies and my household, I simply occur to have the ability to share with folks now all of me. … I’m pleased with that, you already know? I’m proud to be homosexual.”

Upon his announcement, many “Bachelor” followers and leisure luminaries showered Underwood with love and assist on Twitter. “Watch What Occurs Stay” host Andy Cohen congratulated him on being “free now,” whereas “Schitt’s Creek” star Dan Levy declared that Underwood’s braveness “will [undoubtedly] save lives.”

“‘Popping out’ could be a terrifying, uncomfortable, and traumatizing expertise as a result of we nonetheless dwell in a world the place we’re made to concern the implications of residing freely,” Levy tweeted. “Let that sink in. So joyful for @colton Underwood.”

Others celebrated Underwood’s revelation whereas urging folks to not neglect that he was accused of stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend Randolph. Whereas talking with Roberts, Underwood apologized to Randolph for “how issues ended” between them and admitted he “made plenty of unhealthy selections.”

“I’m glad Colton discovered a protected place to return out in his personal phrases, however let’s by no means excuse the trauma he inflicted on his earlier associate and her household,” Twitter consumer Ella Diaz wrote, referring to the allegations in Randolph’s restraining order. “The court docket paperwork inform a really disturbing story. I hope this doesn’t erase his actions and the struggling he inflicted.”

A number of additionally shared a clip from comic Billy Eichner’s visitor look on Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor,” throughout which the “Billy on the Road” star jokingly advised that the previous Oakland Raiders athlete is likely to be homosexual.

Eichner responded to the viral second Wednesday by tweeting, “I’m joyful for @colton. If you happen to’re homosexual, be homosexual! I’ve been homosexual ceaselessly & I adore it!”

Right here’s a sampling of reactions to Underwood’s “Good Morning America” interview.

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