Hours after his emotional appearance on Good Morning America, Bachelor Nation's reactions to Colton Underwood coming out could not be more supportive. In an April 14 interview with anchor Robin Roberts, Underwood shared an update about his sexuality. "I’m gay," he said. "And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it."
During the interview, Underwood called himself "the happiest and healthiest" he's ever been, and shared some reflections about his experience in the Bachelor franchise. "Do I regret being the Bachelor, and do I regret handling it the way that I did? I do. I do think I could've handled it better. I just wish I hadn't dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was," he explained. "I genuinely mean that. But I also, at the same time, like, that I could sit here and say I'm sorry to all those women, I could also say thank you. Because without them, and without the Bachelor franchise, I don't know if this would have ever came out."
Plenty of former Bachelor Nation leads and contestants, as well as embattled former host Chris Harrison, have spoken out with messages in support of Underwood. Here are some of the sweetest: