“The Bachelor” star Colton Underwood spoke about the years of bullying that led him to question his sexuality in a candid new interview with People.

Underwood, who is dating his “Bachelor” pick Cassie Randolph, opened up about his childhood in his new book The First Time; the title a nod to being a virgin on the reality TV show.

The star said of the release, “There are a lot of stories and experiences that will help people understand the choices I’ve made. And I’m done hiding who I really am.”

Underwood said of the bullying, “I was called fatso, four eyes and four lips, because I used to lick my lips, so I would constantly have a red ring around them.

“I was a little heavy, and that, combined with being socially awkward, led to a really hard time. I didn’t believe in myself. And I was super insecure.”

The reality star, who credited his faith and values for his abstinence from sex, also said people started rumours he was gay back in high school.

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“It was one of those things where you hear something so often, you start believing it,” he shared. “I thought, Maybe I am gay. The captain of the football team should be having sex and drinking, right? But I wasn’t.”

Underwood ended up searching “Am I gay?”, telling the publication: “I didn’t know who I was. And I come from an athletic family, so it was always, ‘Move on, you’re good.’ So that threw me off. In high school, when I was struggling with my sexuality, I’m not going to talk to my parents about it. So I internalized it.

“Even while my season [on ‘The Bachelor’] was airing, I battled the gay [rumours]. They’d say, ‘He’s gay, he’s hiding it.’ No. But I’ve been there, done that now.”

Underwood’s comments come after he confirmed he’d tested positive for coronavirus. He’s been updating fans on social media since.