The future star of “The Bachelor” had been hiding his sexuality — from his family, his friends and himself — for his entire life. Underwood knew, at the age of six, that he was different; by his early teenage years, he knew he was attracted to men.
But growing up in a religious and conservative small town, especially as a star football player, he was taught that being gay was wrong.
“I had the opportunity in 2014 when I entered the draft. Michael Sam came out,” Underwood tells Variety during a cover story interview, revealing that he had considered coming out years ago. Getting choked up, Underwood expresses his regret and says he was not brave enough at the time.
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During our convo for this week’s cover story, @colton spoke about the impact #MichaelSam coming out had on him, as the first openly gay player in the NFL. He said Sam was made fun of in locker rooms & the homophobia only pushed him further into the closet. https://t.co/VaanFkdCWP
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) May 13, 2021