Colton Underwood struggled with his sexuality as the ‘virgin Bachelor’

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Colton Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor” was heavily marketed around his virginity, but as the former athlete told Robin Roberts after coming out as gay on “Good Morning America,” he was struggling mightily with his sexuality.

“I fully was a virgin before that, and I could never give anybody a good enough answer as to why I was a virgin,” Underwood, 29, said in Wednesday’s pre-taped sit-down.

“The truth is, I was a ‘virgin Bachelor’ because I was gay and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Underwood, the Season 23 lead of “The Bachelor” in 2019, dated Cassie Randolph after the show wrapped. The two split in May 2020.

In his memoir, “The First Time,” Underwood hinted that he lost his virginity while filming the ABC reality series, though he told readers it was “none of your business.”

In his “GMA” interview, Underwood apologized to Randolph, 25, who had accused him of harassing her and briefly took out a restraining order against him after their breakup.

“I would like to say sorry for how things ended,” Underwood said. “I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices.”

The former NFL star, who also dated Olympian Aly Raisman, told Roberts, 60, during their emotional sit-down that he “hated” himself “for a long time.”

“I came to terms with [my sexuality] earlier this year and have been processing it, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know,” he said.

Executive producers from “The Bachelor” franchise issued a statement in support of Underwood later on Wednesday morning.

“We are so inspired by Colton Underwood’s courage to embrace and pursue his authentic self. As firm believers in the power of love, we celebrate Colton’s journey in the LGBTQIA+ community every step of the way,” their statement read.

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