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Gus Kenworthy doesn't want to be described as Colton Underwood's 'gay guide'

"That’s not what I signed up for," says the Olympic star while discussing the pair's new Netflix series.

2021-07-29

Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Insta/@guskenworthy/@coltonunderwood

Gus Kenworthy has opened up about his upcoming TV series with Colton Underwood. 

News of the Netflix project leaked when The Bachelor star Colton came out publicly as gay in a Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts in April.

An insider told Variety at the time that Olympian Gus would act 'as a guide of sorts' for Colton in the TV show.

"I’m still learning myself"

Discussing the programme in a new interview with The Advocate, 29-year-old Gus said: "God, please, please, please don’t put it in quotes as ‘gay guide'. In actuality, I’m kind of just his friend."

The star added of the 'gay guide' tag: “It put a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths, and mine included because that’s not what I signed up for."

 
 
 
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The American Horror Story: 1984 actor added: “I don’t want to come across as if I’m this holier-than-thou educator that knows everything. I don’t. I’m still learning myself.

"But I’m friends with Colton. And then, I know more than he does, because I’ve been out for longer. And so I want to try and pass on some of that knowledge to make it a smoother road for him and to help open his eyes because he does have a platform, and he does have an amazing opportunity to connect with a lot of people.”

Gus won a silver medal in the men's slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and made headlines at the 2018 Games for kissing his then-boyfriend on camera. 

Asked what his 'grand gay gesture' will be at the 2022 Games, Gus jokingly told the outlet: “I’ll probably take my dick out.”

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