“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 year and figure out who they are,” Underwood said. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”
The former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” said that he wishes he had accepted his truth sooner.
“I’ve had sort of a range of responses and the underlying most common was ‘I wish you would have told me sooner’ and when I hear that I wish I would have had faith in my friends and family a little bit more,” Underwood said. “The only reason I’m sitting down with you today is because I have the love and support of my friends and my family.
Underwood spoke about questioning his sexuality in his book, “The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV.”
In it he said dating Randolph helped him realize he was straight.
“[The show taught me] that I’m straight and I’m very, very attracted to Cassie and women — but it would have been OK if it would have been the other way too,” Underwood told “Entertainment Tonight.” “I think that’s the biggest message I have for people.”