Colton Underwood is feeling the love from Bachelor Nation after publicly coming out as gay. Even Chris Harrison broke his social media silence to commend the former lead.
Harrison, who has kept a low-profile since making racially insensitive comments earlier this year, tagged Underwood in a post, writing, "Very proud of you today…Happy to see you stand up and openly live your truth. You have my love and support my friend."
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In an emotional interview on Wednesday's Good Morning America, Underwood said he's the "happiest and healthiest I've ever been in my life."
"I've ran from myself for a long time. I've hated myself for a long time," the 29-year-old reality star told Robin Roberts. "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."
Celebrities like Andy Cohen, Meghan McCain and more expressed well wishes on social media.
You’re free now, @colton A toaster is on its way. 🏳️🌈. Great interview @RobinRobertshttps://t.co/9nQRP6XP7D
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) April 14, 2021
Sending @colton love, light, support and deep respect. It is real bravery to live your truth in this world. Thank you for being so open and courageous with your journey. ♥️ 🌈 🙏🏻
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 14, 2021
“Coming out” can be a terrifying, uncomfortable, and traumatizing experience because we still live in a world where we are made to fear the consequences of living freely. Let that sink in. So happy for @colton Underwood. His courage will undoubtably save lives today. ♥️ https://t.co/gAaYldPD9a
— dan levy (@danjlevy) April 14, 2021
I’m happy for @colton. If you’re gay, be gay! I’ve been gay forever & I love it! https://t.co/vuDWy7HVap
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 14, 2021
Underwood, who starred on The Bachelor in 2019, received support from former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars, too. Demi Burnett, who competed on Underwood's season and later came out as bisexual on Bachelor in Paradise, tweeted, "Welcome to the community."
Welcome to the community brother 🌈✨
— Demi Burnett (@demi_burnett) April 14, 2021
Nicole Lopez-Alvar, Tahzjuan Hawkins and Onyeka Ehie, who all appeared on Underwood's season, also weighed in.
I’m so proud of you, @colton! https://t.co/xLFy1G4AZs
— Nicole Lopez-Alvar (@nicolelovar) April 14, 2021
I commend you @colton for speaking your truth. In the world we live in today, show kindness it’s free 🤍🤍🤍
— Tahzjuan Hawkins (@TahzjuanHawkins) April 14, 2021
Happy for @colton for speaking his truth. We support you ❤️
— Onyeka Ehie (@onyekaehie) April 14, 2021
Just a reminder that homophobic comments will not accepted or tolerated today or any day. You’ve been warned😊
— Onyeka Ehie (@onyekaehie) April 14, 2021
While Underwood's openness is mostly being celebrated on social media, his relationship with winner, Cassie Randolph, has been put back in the spotlight. The couple split in spring 2020 after nearly two years together and the breakup was tumultuous.
Randolph was granted a temporary restraining order in September against Underwood after he allegedly stalked and harassed her and her family. In November, she asked the court to drop the order and the police investigation was reportedly also dropped at her request. In Underwood's sit-down on Wednesday, he apologized specifically to Randolph for "any pain and emotional stress" he caused.
"I wish that I would've been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else," he said, noting he "loved everything" about Randolph, which "only made it harder and more confusing" in terms of his sexuality.
"I got into a place for me in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things but they'd all be excuses," Underwood told Roberts. "But I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn't think I was ever going to share this. I would have rather died than say, 'I'm gay.' And that was sort of my wakeup call."
Underwood is reportedly filming a reality series for Netflix that focuses on living his life publicly as a gay man, according to Variety.
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