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'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood comes out as gay

Colton Underwood, the former football tight end who found fame on "The Bachelor” has revealed that he is gay.

“I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time,” Underwood told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “And I’m gay. And 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 tried out briefly for a handful of NFL teams before his professional football career ended in 2016. Three years later, he won over Cassie Randolph on Season 23 of “The Bachelor,” a show centered on a single bachelor who is asked to select a wife from a pool of romantic interests. Underwood and Randolph never married.

FILE - Colton Underwood arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 10, 2019. Underwood, the former football tight end who found true love and new fame on Season 23 of “The Bachelor” has revealed that he is gay. (Photo by Jordan StraussInvisionAP, File)

Underwood said he finally got to a place where he could be honest with himself after 2020, the year that made people “look at themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives.”

Before headlining “The Bachelor,” Underwood appeared on the 14th season of “The Bachelorette” and season 4 of “Bachelor in Paradise.” He has a book, titled ”The First Time.”

FILE - Colton Underwood arrives at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on July 11, 2019. Underwood, the former football tight end who found true love and new fame on Season 23 of “The Bachelor” has revealed that he is gay. (Photo by Richard ShotwellInvisionAP, File)