BACHELOR Colton Underwood came out as gay to execs at the network “weeks ago” and chose Robin Roberts to conduct his tell-all interview, The Sun can reveal.
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Colton Underwood ‘came out to ABC execs weeks ago,’ according to a sourceCredit: Good Morning America
GMA anchor Robin Roberts was Colton’s ‘first choice’ to conduct the interviewCredit: Good Morning America
After he publicly came out, Colton was seen in NYC with his dad and Olympian Gus KenworthyCredit: The Image Direct
Sources close to production tell The Sun that Colton, 29, came out to execs at the network “a few weeks ago” to address how to best-handle the matter publicly.
“Colton approached people he now considers friends who he felt comfortable sharing this with but didn’t have a game plan of how he’d come out publicly.
“After many discussions, it was decided Robin Roberts would be the person to best handle this so the arrangements were made.
“Everyone involved on the show has been very supportive of Colton and they are happy he’s in a healthier place,” the insider said.
The reality star publicly came out as gay for the first time Wednesday on GMACredit: Good Morning America
Robin was praised for how she handled the interview with ColtonCredit: Good Morning America
The famed news personality has been with her partner, Amber Laign, since 2005Credit: Getty
The informant claimed that the news anchor and her GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, were Colton’s “first choices” to handle the personal matter.
“He has a good relationship with both of them from over the years and has always been a fan of Michael’s with their football connection.
“But ultimately everyone, it was mutual, felt Robin would be the best person to conduct the interview and both Colton and ABC are very happy with the way it turned out,” the source explained.
Colton also ‘wanted Michael Strahan to conduct the interview’Credit: Getty
The two have had a close bond over the years and connect through their football experiencesCredit: Getty
“I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it the next step, letting people know… I’m still nervous. It’s been a journey for sure.”
He further claimed that he was the happiest and healthiest he’s ever been, despite dealing with suicidal ideations for some time.
“I got into a place, for me in my personal life, that was dark and I can list a bunch of different things and they would be excuses,” he said.
Colton became The Bachelor in 2018 with a group of more than 30 womenCredit: ABC
The TV personality opened up about his mental health as well as his sexualityCredit: AP
“I would have rather died than say I’m gay and that was my wake-up call.”
He continued: “Even just suicidal thoughts…driving my car close to a cliff, if this goes over the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal…I don’t feel that anymore.”
Fans will remember Colton participated in Becca Kufrin’s season in 2018 before he was eliminated.
Later that Summer, he then competed in Bachelor In Paradise, where he was also eliminated.
Colton picked Cassie as the winner of his season – though they did not leave the show engagedCredit: Getty
The pair split last year and Cassie filed – and eventually dropped – a restraining order against himCredit: GC Images
Producers gave him his own Bachelor season, where he went home with Cassie after famously jumping the wall for her but the pair did not leave engaged.
Cassie has not yet publicly commented on her ex coming out – or their legal matters.