I'm Glad That Colton Underwood Came Out, But That Doesn't Mean We Can Forget About His Past
Here's a breakdown of Colton Underwood's recent past.
Earlier this morning, in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, former Bachelor Colton Underwood came out as gay:
"I've ran from myself for a long time, I've hated myself for a long time, and I'm gay," Colton stated in the interview.
While a LOT of people are proud of Colton for coming out and living his truth...
...a LOT of people are also bringing up the fact that he has a history of abuse, and his coming out doesn't negate that:
So because I live to break down niche celebrity scandals, here's a brief timeline of Colton's recent past:
After Colton appeared in Becca K.'s season of The Bachelorette, where he was the third runner up, and had a quick stint on Bachelor in Paradise, it was announced that he would be the next Bachelor.
To say his season was tumultuous would be an understatement and a half. However, after multiple self-eliminations from many of his suitors, Colton decided that Cassie Randolph was the one for him:
Things then got complicated when Cassie expressed doubt about their relationship and the idea of getting engaged at the end of the season, which resulted in the now-infamous Fence Jump™:
But it ended up working out (????), since the two remained together — albeit, not engaged — at the end of the season:
The two dated for nearly two years but announced their breakup in two separate (and since-deleted) Instagram posts.
In August 2020 — three months after their breakup — Cassie was granted a restraining order against Colton.
Cassie alleged that Colton sent her "unsettling" text messages, showed up at her house and her parents' house without an invitation, and put a tracking device in her car.
After that, Colton went media silent until this morning, when he announced his coming out and also issued a public apology to Cassie:
I loved everything about her and it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were in going through that relationship with her ... because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. 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 broke anybody else.