Happiness achieved. Colton UnderwoodHe was once afraid to be himself, but he fell in love with his boyfriend. Jordan C. BrownAfter accepting his identity.
Bachelor Nation met the former NFL player for the first time when he was competing on Becca Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette2018 Underwood began season 5 in 2018 after failing to establish a lasting relationship with the Minnesota native. Bachelor in ParadiseBut he was forced to leave the show once more. He was finally able to share the roses with the Bachelor when he starred in season 23, which aired from 2019
Underwood fell for Cassie RandolphOn the show, the couple decided to date instead of getting married after the season ended. They announced their split in May 2020. Despite their vows to remain friends, things quickly became messy.
Randolph was granted a restraining order against the Indiana native in September 2020 after she accused him of “stalking and harassing her.” He told Us Weekly in a November 2020 statement that his ex filed to dismiss the order after they reached “a private agreement to address any of Cassie’s concerns.”
Months later, Underwood came out to be gay in an April 2021 meeting. Good Morning America interview. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time,” he said. “I’m gay. I came to terms earlier this year with this fact, and the next step was to let people know. … I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”
The Coming Out Colton star hoped to form an “emotional connection” with a man in the future. “I’ve never allowed myself to,” he shared. “It’s never been, sort of, in my cards to let myself get there and I want to more than anything. … I’m looking for someone who can push me and challenge me in all the great ways.”
UseSeptember 2021 saw Underwood confirm that he is currently dating Brown. Three months later, the TV personality explained to Brown why he was on his show. Coming Out ColtonHis relationship was not included.
“I have been through that. I have done that,” he told UseHis relationship life was documented. “Even going into the show, that was one of the conversations with the production company. … I’m not in a space right now to really, like, put myself out there like that. I had a lot of self-discovery to do.”
Underwood has not ruled it out that he might document his relationship with Brown on a reality series. “I don’t want to speak in definitives right now because as I learned, I’m growing and I want to give myself space to really explore new things at the moment. I’ve definitely drawn boundaries on that. Having a public relationship, for me, was not healthy,” he said. “I just think right now I’m really sort of protecting and guarding what I have.”
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