FORMER Bachelor Colton Underwood revealed in April 2021 that he was coming out as homosexual.
The reality star shocked fans of the show with his bombshell confession and apologized to his ex-girlfriend Cassie Randolph after the news.
Colton Underwood came out as gay in April 2021 on Good Morning AmericaCredit: Good Morning America
Was Colton Underwood blackmailed?
Colton Underwood, 29, claims he was blackmailed after going to a spa in Los Angeles known for catering to gay clientele.
Underwood had kept his sexuality under wraps and said he received an anonymous email after going to the spa from someone claiming to have taken nudes of him.
The former Bachelor never saw the alleged photos and explained that he had only visited the spa “just to look” and saying he “should have never been there.”
The sender of the email threatened to “out” him to the media, scaring Underwood and forcing him to address the situation with his publicist.
Underwood claimed he was blackmailed after being spotted going to a spa that caters to gay clientele before coming out as homosexualCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“I knew that out of anybody in my world, my publicist wasn’t going to ruin me,” Underwood told Variety magazine.
What did Colton Underwood say about being gay?
Underwood got candid with GMA host Robin Roberts and dished about his sexuality on the show.
He spoke about his struggle with accepting who he was, saying: “This year has been a lot for a lot of people.
“It’s probably made a lot of people look in the mirror and confront what they were running from.
“For me, I’ve run from myself for a long time, and I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year.
Adding: “The next step in all of this was letting people know. I’m still nervous, it’s been a journey for sure.”
Underwood said he ‘hated himself’ for a long timeCredit: Good Morning America
He recalled a particular experience in high school that he battled with throughout his life, in which he was “super insecure” and “thought he was gay.”
The reality star revealed his classmates thought he may be gay as they questioned his faith and abstinence from sex, writing: “It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it.
“I thought, maybe I am gay. The captain of the football team should be having sex and drinking, right? But I wasn’t.”
What did Colton Underwood tell Cassie Randolph?
During the GMA interview, Underwood took the opportunity to apologize to Randolph over their nasty split.
Underwood said: “I’d like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices.
“I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. … I wish that it wouldn’t have happened the way that it did.
“I wish that I had been courageous enough to fix myself before I hurt anyone else.”
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