Former star of The Bachelor, Colton Underwood, revealed he questioned his sexuality growing up due to bullying and other kids calling him gay.
The 28-year-old reality star and former NFL player wrote about this topic in his book, “The First Time,” which is out on March 31.
“I was called fatso, four eyes and four lips, because I used to lick my lips, so I would constantly have a red ring around them,” Colton wrote in his book (via People). “I was a little heavy, and that, combined with being socially awkward, led to a really hard time. I didn’t believe in myself. And I was super insecure.”
“It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it,” he continued. “I thought, maybe I am gay. The captain of the football team should be having sex and drinking, right? But I wasn’t.”
“I didn’t know who I was/ And I come from an athletic family, so it was always, ‘Move on, you’re good.’ So that threw me off. In high school, when I was struggling with my sexuality, I’m not going to talk to my parents about it. So I internalized it,” he added.
“Even while my season [of The Bachelor] was airing, I battled the gay [rumors],” he added. “They’d say, ‘he’s gay, he’s hiding it.’ No. But I’ve been there, done that now.”
Colton is now in a relationship with the winner of his season, Cassie Randolph. Colton revealed just last week that he has Coronavirus and revealed how he is doing battling the illness.