Colton Underwood Questions the Support ‘Bachelor’ Franchise Offers


Standing by his opinion. Colton Underwood doesn’t have any regrets about questioning The Bachelor franchise and the assist they provide their contestants.

“[It] doesn’t mean I’m not grateful for the opportunity that they provided me. I do appreciate them changing my life in such a great way. But they also hold a big responsibility in making sure that the mental health of their contestants and of their money makers, to be very honest with you, is taken care of,” Underwood, 30, solely informed Us Weekly on Tuesday, March 15, whereas selling his new present Beyond the Edge.

Colton Underwood.
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The former athlete believes that the individuals behind the profitable relationship competitors collection might do extra. “They benefit greatly off of our faces, off of our likeness [and] off of our stories,” he mentioned. “The only thing that they can do better is to follow up and make sure that you are mentally OK before they make decisions to make better TV over your mental health.”

Viewers initially met Underwood when he joined Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018. After ending season 14 single, the former NFL participant appeared on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise earlier than he turned the season 23 Bachelor.

The former athlete left the present with Cassie Randolph in 2019, however the duo known as it quits one year later amid a tumultuous relationship. Four months after they introduced their break up in May 2020, Us confirmed that Randolph, 26, was granted a restraining order in opposition to Underwood after she claimed he was stalking and harassing her. The case was dropped in November 2020.

The Indiana native later opened up about his personal life when he got here out as homosexual.

“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,” he shared throughout an interview with Good Morning America in April 2021. “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.”

Looking again at his time on the hit ABC collection, Underwood admitted that he wouldn’t have modified the alternative.

“Genuinely in my heart of hearts, I can’t thank them enough for letting me be a Bachelor. I truly do not believe I would’ve came out of the closet if it wasn’t for the franchise and having that life experience,” the Indiana native shared with Us. “And while I’ve read the comments that my season was a waste, it saved my life at the end of the day. So in my opinion, it wasn’t a waste. If I help one or two men or women out there that are still struggling with their sexuality, then I consider it a very beneficial season.”

Underwood, who just lately introduced his engagement to Jordan C. Brown, opened up about the huge lesson he realized from having others weigh in on his life. “People are always gonna have opinions and people are always not gonna agree with the decisions that you make in your life. But at the end of the day, it’s your life and it’s your happiness,” he informed Us.

He continued: “So I would rather make a decision that is unpopular, but makes me happy and makes me fulfilled and makes me loved than to bow down to what the public wants to see or was expecting to see or hear from me.”

The former skilled soccer participant want to see present Bachelor Clayton Echard take that recommendation, including, “I haven’t watched the season, but my heart goes out to Clayton and I hope he has an amazing support system and group around him heading into the finale of the show.”

Since leaving the Bachelor franchise, Underwood was excited to have a change of tempo with the new actuality collection Beyond the Edge. The upcoming CBS collection options 9 celebrities as they ditch their on a regular basis lives to dwell in a Panama jungle.

“I needed something lighthearted and fun and competitive. While a lot of people might not view the jungle as that, I needed that because I put so much of myself into reality TV, that it was just really nice to have that moment in the jungle, away from phones, distractions and opinions,” Underwood detailed to Us.

Even although the expertise was enriching, Underwood revealed that the journey got here with its personal set of challenges. “There was definitely moments that I was exhausted. I was done,” he mentioned. “I did not feel like I had a lot in me, but you know, at the end of the day, when you’re playing for a charity and you’re looking around at the other people that are standing by your side, trying to work, it’s really motivating and inspiring.”

Beyond the Edge premieres on CBS on Wednesday, March 16 at 9 p.m. ET. It will probably be out there to stream dwell and on demand on Paramount+.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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