Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘The Bachelor’ star Colton comes out as gay

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Colton Underwood, the former footballer who found fame on ‘The Bachelor’, made a revelation that he is gay.

“I have run from myself for a long time. I have hated myself for a long time. I’m gay and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know,” he said.

Underwood tried out briefly for a handful of NFL teams before his profession­al football career ended in 2016. Three years later, he won over Cassie Randolph on Season 23 of ‘The Bachelor’, a show centered on a single bachelor who is asked to select a wife from a pool of romantic interests. Underwood and Randolph never married.

“Every LGBTQ person’s journey to discoverin­g and accepting their authentic self is different, and Colton Underwood’s decision to share his truth with the public reminds us that there is no set timeline for coming out,” said Anthony Allen Ramos, head of talent for ‘GLAAD’.

He added, “Given the large and loyal fandom who know Colton from ‘The Bachelor’, his coming out and discussion of his faith will hopefully open eyes to the millions of out and proud LGBTQ people who are also people of faith.”

Underwood said he finally got to a place where he could be honest with himself after 2020, the year that made people ‘look at themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are’.

I’m gay and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it, he said

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