Story at a glance

  • Former “Bachelor” contestant Colton Underwood came out as gay on public television.
  • Underwood broke up with his girlfriend from the show last year and a restraining order was issued against him for allegedly stalking her.
  • The ex-football player will be the subject of a Netflix reality series, according to reports.

Ever since Colton Underwood was on season 14 of “The Bachelorette” in 2018, headlines have identified him as the “virgin,” a characteristic that defined him for much of his own season as “The Bachelor” (more recently, those headlines involved a restraining order that his ex-girlfriend took out against him). 

After Underwood came out as gay on Good Morning America Wednesday, he says his own sexuality had something to do with that. 


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“I fully was a virgin before that, and I could never give anybody a good enough answer as to why I was a virgin,” Underwood told GMA. “The truth is, I was a ‘virgin Bachelor’ because I was gay and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Now, fans are asking for a gay bachelor, a would-be first for the franchise series that isn’t known for its diversity. Demi Burnett, who first appeared on the show during Underwood’s season on “The Bachelor” and is bisexual, was the first out LGBTQ+ contestant to ever appear on Bachelor Nation. Other reality shows, such as MTV’s “Are You The One?”, have done all-LGBTQ+ seasons before.

 

The chances of Underwood reappearing on the show are unclear, however, especially after news that he is currently filming his own Netflix reality show.

 


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Published on Apr 14, 2021