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Colton Underwood’s Candid Netflix Series is About to Debut

The former Bachelor lead is officially returning to reality TV, but things are going to be different this time. Or rather, they're going to be way more honest. Here's what to expect.
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On Friday, Coming Out Colton debuts on Netflix. This will be the former NFL player’s fourth reality stint, but it’s the first time he’s fully opening up about his sexuality and letting the world follow his ongoing journey to self-discovery.

Discussing why he wanted to do the six-part series, the former Bachelor star says, “Everyone’s coming out story is different… and I’m grateful to be able to add my story to the conversation.”

Here’s what to know before it drops tomorrow.

Colton Gets an “LGBTQ Education” on The Series

Colton Underwood smiling

Coming Out Colton chronicles Underwood’s personal and highly publicized journey toward life as an openly gay man. He first came out on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” revealing some very dark instances that came with “living a lie,” tearing up, and even revealing he’d contemplated suicide.

His series will document the stress he went through when he came out on national television. As noted by CNN, the series also tracks Colton’s “LGBTQ education” as he figures out what he wants for himself, makes new friends, and comes out to various people in his life. For instance, he brings up his sexuality to his father for the first time while on the series, which has already raised a few eyebrows.

“I’m not saying I’m upset about it, but I would have preferred it had been done differently,” said Scott Underwood, adding, “he’s an entertainer, let’s face it. That’s what he’s chosen to do for his career.”

He’s Opening Up About The Drama With His Ex

One of Underwood’s main calling cards within Bachelor Nation was that he was the resident male virgin for those who might’ve missed it. When he chose to be with Cassie Randolph on The Bachelor, losing his virginity was made into a huge moment for the series, on social media, and in the tabloids. It also added to the unbearable pressure of continuing to hide who he really was, even from himself.

As the series unpacks their relationship drama, Colton denies he was attempting to fool Cassie by choosing her in the finale, admitting he thought she “could make” him “straight,” per People.

Cassie Randolph and Colton Underwood looking lovingly into each others eyes on the red carpet

In 2020, Underwood and Randolph broke up, and things got pretty ugly in the aftermath. Randolph filed a restraining order. She also accused Colton of stalking her and placing a hidden tracking device on her vehicle. The reality star is not denying he went too far and “didn’t handle things well.” In the series, Underwood admits, “I put a poor girl through hell.”

The battle between them got so heated that an online petition to persuade Netflix to abandon the Underwood project began circulating before the series. In the trailer, Underwood says he caused pain to those around him when he was unwilling to face what was going on within him.

This time around, he’s hoping to do better for everyone, including himself.

Underwood “Never Thought” He’d Come Out

Each 30-minute episode will feature sit-down interviews with Colton, and no topic is off-limits. As you might expect, there will be plenty of discussions about what his time was really like on The BacheloretteBachelor in Paradise, and of course, The Bachelor. However, the main focus will be on his struggles regarding his sexuality and the better place he’s in today.

“I didn’t want to be gay, and the main voices in my head were just telling me, ‘You’ll get through this, you’ll get through this,'” Underwood says.

He also admits he “never thought” he was going to come out on the series. Now that he has, Colton says he’s still learning as he goes, making it his mission to do live his full truth from now on. “I thought I was going to die with this secret. The reason I’m coming out is because I’m ashamed and I’m sort of mortified of what got me into this position in the first place.”

Check out the trailer for Coming Out Colton below.