“I knew that out of anybody in my world, my publicist wasn’t going to ruin me,” Underwood explained.
Underwood also explained that prior to joining Bachelor Nation he was on the Grindr app around 2016 under an alias. Despite having sexual experiences with men, he said he was still the “Virgin Bachelor.”
“I’ll say this… I was ‘the Virgin Bachelor,’ but I did experiment with men prior to being on ‘The Bachelorette.’”
He went on, “When I say ‘hookups,’ not sex. I want to make that very clear that I did not have sex with a man, prior to that.”
After finding fame, Underwood did constantly worry that a past hookup would sell him out. “I remember feeling so guilty, like ‘What the hell am I doing?’” he said of gay encounters. “It was my first time letting myself even go there, so much so that I was like, ‘I need ‘The Bachelorette’ in my life, so I could be straight.’”
Colton does see potential for a gay Bachelor in the future, saying, “I think they should discuss it. It should be a conversation.”
Would he want to be the lead? “I don’t like speaking in definitives, but I’m not in a position to be in a show like that. I’m at a crossroads in my life right now.”