After Bachelor Nation alum Colton Underwood made the brave decision to come out as gay in an intimate interview with Robin Roberts, the 29-year-old received a lot of support for finally being able to accept who he is and reveal another part of himself to the world — although Real Housewives of New York City alum Carole Radziwill slammed the reality star for going on a dating show to find a wife if he was questioning his sexuality.
“Congrats to Colton Underwood but also What?? You apply & compete with other men to go on a TV show looking for love & you think you might be gay?” Radziwill tweeted shortly after Underwood’s revelation. “What about processing that without involving TV crews and 25 girls. It's a great day for gay men, bad day for young women. #Bachelor.”
The RHONY star went as far as to suggest that The Bachelor executives “should be vetting their contestants better,” which was fiercely met with opposition from fans of the reality star for her “shi**y take” on the whole situation.
“How are producers going to vet repressed homosexuality when the contestants haven't yet?" a user responded to Radziwill, while another said: “Not sure how a network is supposed to vet whether someone is battling the internal struggle of their sexuality. Everyone has their own process, journey, and timeframe when it comes to coming out. This is pretty tone deaf, Carole, and you’re giving off major Trump Supporter vibes.”
As OK! previously reported, Underwood came out as gay on Wednesday, April 14, during a chat with Roberts on GMA. "Obviously this year has been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror," Underwood said. "For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year, and I’ve been processing it. The next step in all of this was letting people know. I’m still nervous, but yeah… It's been a journey, for sure."
The Bachelor hunk then revealed that he had "suicidal thoughts" while battling his internalized homophobia. When Roberts asked Underwood if he ever had thoughts about harming himself, he simply said, "Yeah." He added, "I would have rather died than say I’m gay. That was my wakeup call."
Underwood has a long history with Bachelor Nation. He came in fourth on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette in 2018 and then joined Bachelor in Paradise in 2019 before he got his own season of The Bachelor the same year.
The former NFL player famously jumped over a fence to pursue Cassie Randolph and cut the season short to date her after she voluntarily exited the show, but their romance was short-lived, as they called it quits in May 2020.
Although Radziwill slammed Underwood for his decision to come out, most of the reactions were positive. Scroll through below to see reactions to the blonde hottie coming out.