Colton Underwood of the “Bachelorette” is chosen by ABC as the new bachelor for to helm the next season.
Colton Underwood is announced as the new bachelor for the popular ABC dating show.
The former football pro who vyed for Becca Kufrin the heart on the most recent season of “the Bachelorette,” is now handing out the roses, shortly after starring in “The Bachelor” spin-off “Bachelor in Paradise.”
“I am very excited about it,” Underwood told People. “I am so grateful. I can’t tell you how much I have to smile.”
Underwood with Kufrin on the “the Bachelorette.”
In the last few seasons of the “Bachelor” franchise shows, Underwood has made a name for himself, while dealing with the ups and downs of his reality-TV relationships.
The 26-year-old, who was known prior to the “Bachelor” fame as the friend of Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman, had a heartbreaking relationship with Kufrin, making it to the last four place of residence date of hopefuls, and other complex relationship with his “Paradise” co-star, Tia Booth.
Having met Booth during the “Bachelorette” casting process before the show is broadcast, his relationship with the participant, caused some rifts between he and Kufirn on her season of the show.
Colton Underwood with his ex-girlfriend, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman.
“Of course, you can tell how it is all so emotional for me,” he said. “But it was also good for me. I can’t say enough good things about Becca and enough good things about Tia. They have helped me to grow and discover who I am and what I look for in a woman.”
But the new bachelor said that he was grateful to have had “closure” with the newly-engaged “Bachelorette” star and indicated that he was ready to find the one after his affair with a Stand.
“I committed fully to that relationship and I gave him an honest to God shot,” Underwood said. “But I woke up one morning and realized that there is a future, there was not. And it was a good thing to happen, because now I can what I have learned in that relationship and apply it to future relationships. And Tia and I are in a very good place. And I wish her all the best.”
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The reality star is also remembered for opening up to Kufrin about his decision to remain a virgin until he met the right girl.
“[A virgin] should be normalized,” he explained. “It’s just who I am and what I believe. I hold a lot of value in it and I hold it to a high standard. I’m just waiting for the right part of the heart.”
Now the former “Bachelorette” contestant is ready to shine on his own and hopefully find the love of his life.
“This is the perfect moment in my life to do this,” he says. “I am so incredibly pleased with myself and now I can concentrate on finding my wife. I am so excited to find it. My heart is 100 percent healed and I plan to make this my all. And hopefully I’ll come out engaged!”
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