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'Bachelor's Colton Underwood to star in Netflix series after coming out

The Bachelor Season 23 star Colton Underwood came out as gay in an interview with Good Morning America. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
"The Bachelor" Season 23 star Colton Underwood came out as gay in an interview with "Good Morning America." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

April 14 (UPI) -- Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood will star in a Netflix reality series after coming out as gay.

TMZ reported Wednesday that Underwood, 29, has landed a new show focusing on his life as a gay man.

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Sources said Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and other prominent members of the LGBTQ community will appear on the series.

Deadline confirmed news of the series and said Underwood, a television personality and former football player, is weeks into filming the show.

The Hollywood Reporter said the series will feature multiple episodes.

Underwood, a television personality and former football player, went public about his sexuality during Wednesday's episode of Good Morning America.

"Obviously, this year's been a lot for a lot of people and it's probably made a lot of people look at themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are," Underwood told GMA host Robin Roberts.

"I've ran from myself for a long time, I've hated myself for a long time. I'm gay," he said. "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."

Underwood said he is now "the happiest and healthiest" he's ever been in his life after going through a "dark" period where he experienced suicidal thoughts as he struggled with his sexuality.

"I got to a place where I didn't think I would ever share this. I would have rather died than say I'm gay, and I think that was sort of my wakeup call," he said.

Underwood first appeared in Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette in 2018. He later starred in The Bachelor Season 23, which ended with him choosing Cassie Randolph but not proposing. The couple split in May 2020.

During the GMA interview, Underwood said he was in love with Randolph and apologized for how their relationship ended.

"I'd like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices," Underwood said.

"I would just say that I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart," he added. "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."

Bachelor executive producers voiced their support for Underwood in a statement Wednesday.

"We are so inspired by Colton Underwood's courage to embrace and pursue his authentic self," producers said. "As firm believers in the power of love, we celebrate Colton's journey in the LGBTQIA+ community every step of the way."

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