Colton Underwood talks about his questioning his sexuality in his new book, “The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV,” and now he says he knows he’s straight.

And he can thank his appearance on “The Bachelor” where he fell in love with Cassie Randolph for that, he said. “That I’m straight and I’m very, very attracted to Cassie and women — but it would have been OK if it would have been the other way too,” Colton Underwood told “Entertainment Tonight.” “I think that’s the biggest message I have for people.

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Underwood, 28, was the show‘s first virgin “Bachelor,” having initially shared that he was a Christian and waiting when he competed for Becca Kufrin’s heart during the 2018 season of “The Bachelorette.”

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The former football player said revealing his virginity on “The Bachelorette” kicked off speculation about his sexuality. “Even now, I still battle gay rumors when I’m with Cassie, but that’s how it was for me as a young kid in grade school and high school,” he said. “I can deal with them now.