‘Bachelor’ Alum Colton Underwood Announces Engagement To Jordan C. Brown

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Former “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood just announced he’s getting married. The 30-year-old reality star shared news of his engagement to boyfriend, political strategist Jordan C. Brown, exclusively to People on Monday.

The “Bachelor” alum came out as gay in April 2021.

“After my birthday, Jordan and I went to Big Sur for a weekend getaway to decompress and relax in nature,” Underwood told People in the interview. “I couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful place to celebrate an amazing milestone in my life and relationship.”

“I’m extremely happy! 2021 was the most transformative year of my life,” he continued. “Starting 2022 off with my best friend, teammate and now fiancé is something I never thought was going to be possible.”

Underwood and Brown both shared news of their engagement on their social media pages.

“The only time in my life I’m ok with wasting a bottle of champagne. I love you babe,” Brown wrote alongside an image of the couple spraying a champagne bottle in celebration.

The “Bachelor” star documented his coming out story in the Netflix series “Coming Out Colton” in December. Later, he issued an apology for allegedly exhibiting “white privilege” by being part of the project.

“I see the criticism,” Underwood said during an interview on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast. “I know that people are upset that I have white privilege and I got a series after coming out.”

The “Bachelor” star admitted that his status may have affected how the public received his big announcement. 

“I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to be someone from an underprivileged area to have to come out, and not only risk losing their football [career] but risk losing a house and food and money,” Underwood said. “I never wanted to compare my trauma to anybody else. I just wanted to get my side out there and my story out there, to say, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve been through.’”

Meanwhile, critics saw “Coming Out Colton” as a ruthless money grab that just capitalized on the star’s popularity. 

“It’s all so calculated,” Esquire writer Justin Kirkland said while reviewing the series. “[The series] moves too fast, refuses to get deep, and breezes over the fact that no actual drama unfolds—which, by the way, is a good thing for real lives.”

He also mentioned that “Coming Out Colton” could be a feeble attempt to rehabilitate Underwood’s image, which suffered after “Bachelor” filming concluded. The former professional football player picked Cassie Randolph to receive the final rose during the “Bachelor” finale in 2019. Then in September 2020, Randolph filed a restraining order against Underwood, claiming he had put a tracking device on her car.

“He has used this journey for personal gain, quick wealth, and celebrity,” the writer concluded. Underwood said he’s known he was gay for a long time, including during his time on “The Bachelor,” and was just too scared to tell anyone. 

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