Colton Underwood – the former NFL player who has appeared on multiple Bachelor series – has come out as gay, reports LGBTQ Nation.
“I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time,” he told Good Morning America. “And I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it. And the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
He said that he knew that he was “different” since he was a little kid and knew that he was gay when he started high school. But he grew up in the Catholic Church and school.
“I learned in the Bible that gay is a sin,” he explained, adding that he heard a lot of homophobic insults in school sports. This drove him deeper into the closet and he said that he thought he would never come out.
“I was driving my car close to a cliff, thinking ‘If this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal,’” he recounted, referring to how he knew he had to come out. “I don’t feel that anymore.”
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