Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Instagram/coltonunderwood
Reality star Colton Underwood has responded to an "inappropriate" fan question about his sex life, saying he's "set boundaries" around privacy.
Some context: the 29-year-old came out publicly as gay in a GMA interview last month, after landing a Netflix reality show about adjusting to life as a gay public figure. Gay Guide is due to air on Netflix in autumn 2021 and will co-star out gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy as said guide.
Underwood first shot to fame on reality shows The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, where he was marketed as the 'virgin bachelor'. In an interview with Variety this month, he said had used Grindr, visited gay spas and "hooked up" with guys before the show was filmed.
"I never asked to be labeled as the virgin bachelor"
During a fan Q&A this weekend, the star was asked: "How many guys have you done things with?"
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To this, Underwood replied: "Let me vent for a second. Questions like this are inappropriate. I understand you might know me from the bachelor where I shared a lot about my personal life. I have set boundaries and I'm respecting myself in a way that will lead me to a healthier life."
Underwood added: "I never asked to be labeled as the virgin bachelor and have people feel the security to ask me questions about my sex life. It just happened and during that time I thought I had no other choice but to just go with it the network would be mad. I know differently now. I'll share what I want and this won't be one of those things."
The former NFL player told Variety last week: "I was ‘the Virgin Bachelor,’ but I did experiment with men prior to being on ‘The Bachelorette. When I say ‘hookups,’ not sex - I want to make that very clear that I did not have sex with a man, prior to that."