'Click Bait': Tayshia Adams Voices Her Support for Colton Underwood After He Comes Out
On this week’s episode of “Click Bait,” co-host Tayshia Adams shared her thoughts on Colton Underwood’s decision to come out as gay during a “Good Morning America” interview that aired Wednesday.
“Colton Underwood went on ‘Good Morning America’ yesterday talking about something that has been really difficult for him to get off of his chest and to really confront, and that is him being gay,” said Tayshia, who earned a spot among Colton’s top four on “The Bachelor” Season 23 in 2019.
“And he has addressed all of Bachelor Nation and all of his fans that he is sorry that he wasn’t able to live his truth before,” she continued. “But now that he’s able to confront it and really come to terms with it, he is so happy to be open and out and to be honest with everybody.”
Tayshia — who, after appearing on Colton’s cycle, went on to lead “The Bachelorette” Season 16 in 2020 — said that she is thrilled to see the former NFL athlete able to live his truth.
“I’m just so happy that he’s able to just be him,” she said, later adding that she “felt bad” watching Colton’s conversation with anchor Robin Roberts.
“Honestly, I just felt bad for him,” she said. “I feel bad for people that can’t be themselves because of the stigma everybody else puts on them, what you’re supposed to be.”
Tayshia explained that it was tough to learn that Colton was previously afraid to come out due to the conditioning he received from his Catholic upbringing and experiences playing football in high school, college, and professionally.
“The fact is he knew he was different since the age of six. He knew when he was a freshman in high school, he said, that he was more attracted to guys,” noted Tayshia, who is now engaged to Zac Clark, whom she met and fell in love with on “The Bachelorette.”
“[Society makes] it very difficult for a lot of people to be their true, authentic self. And, for him, I feel like he could have come to terms with this a lot earlier in life if people weren’t so judgmental and being gay [didn’t have] such a negative connotation,” she continued. “He was saying, and it’s true, that when you screw up in football, it’s like, ‘Oh, that was so gay.’ It has such a negative connotation. Like, why would anyone want to come out when people are going to be judging their every move? It’s so scary.”
During his “GMA” appearance, Colton expressed remorse to the women who appeared on his season of “The Bachelor” — especially to his final rose recipient and now-ex, Cassie Randolph. The pair’s relationship ended tumultuously last year, with Cassie filing and then dropping a restraining order against Colton. (Cassie has yet to respond to Colton coming out.)
Despite the delayed revelation about Colton’s sexuality, Tayshia is grateful for the time she spent with him on show.
“My time was not wasted because he helped me transform,” she said. “He helped me come to terms with a lot of things that I was dealing with. When I opened up about my own problems, he was very supportive of me. He listened and made me feel better. He was always very kind and supportive to me.”
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