Bachelor Nation sends support to Colton Underwood after he comes out as gay

The former “Bachelor,” who revealed his truth to Robin Roberts on Wednesday, told “GMA” that “the support and messages from everyone in my life... have meant the world to me.”
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Transcript for Bachelor Nation sends support to Colton Underwood after he comes out as gay
More Almond Breeze, please! And now to the overwhelming response to bachelor star Colton Underwood revealing that he is gay. He is now receiving an outpouring of support and Amy joins us with more on this. Good morning, Amy. That's right. It was one of the most talked about topics on Twitter all day following our broadcast. Virtually all of the reaction thankfully has been positive with people praising Colton for talking about how his faith intersections with his sexuality and now we are hearing more from Colton including his thanks to robin for her encouragement. I'm gay and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. Will you accept this rose? Reporter: This morning an outpouring of well wishes for former bachelor Colton Underwood after telling our robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that he's ready to live his truth. Through the nerves I can see the joy. I mean, I'm emotional but I'm emotional in such a good, happy, positive way. I'm like the happiest and healthiest I've ever been in my life and that means the world to me. Reporter: 29-year-old Underwood publicly out for the first time in his life revealing exclusively to ABC news he's been overwhelmed by the response he's gotten saying the support and messages from everyone in my life, my old teammate, my friends, family, coaches and even my pastor have meant the world to me. I was always living for somebody else. I was living for the expectations of the public and now I get to be me and know that I'm happy. Reporter: Underwood's announcement rippling through bachelor nation, the executive producers of the show franchise telling ABC news, 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 coming from some of the women too like Debbie burn net who since came out as bisexual. He's the bachelor. He's supposed to be this all American guy so whenever you have that pressure on you and you have something else going on in your heart and head I'm still proud he had the courage to do this because it's not easy. Reporter: It has been a challenge for Underwood as he reveals in this never before seen clip. I have the most loving and supportive friends and family but I also felt like I had a lot of pressure on me from growing up in the church and also playing sports as an athlete always chasing after a label because I wanted any label besides gay. Reporter: That includes taking on the label of "The bachelor," a move he says he now regrets. I could have not put myself in that position and figured it out probably privately and that would have been the more mature and the best route to go and I didn't do that, and I obviously want to say sorry for that. Reporter: Glaad acknowledging the impact Underwood's decision to come out will have on young people struggling with their own sexuality. Colton's story does have the potential to connect wit a younger audience and anyone who might be struggling with feeling like they can't be a sports person and can't be someone of faith and also be part of the lgbtq community. Reporter: And no doubt Colton's decision to come out will help other people who are struggling to share their own truth and, robin, I was with friends yesterday, some of whom are gay and they were talking about this interview and what it would have meant to them, their younger selves to see like Colton come out and say, I'm gay, I'm Christian and this is my freedom to be able to speak this truth and feel that love and support. I heard from a lot of people - as well. I think it was his vulnerability and sharing his story that resonated with people and the fact that he is now free to live his life as he really wants to. He really did break through. Thank, you Amy.

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