Colton Underwood, the famous fence-jumper from “The Bachelor”, broke new ground on the show by proudly proclaiming he was a virgin. Now, he’s a first-time author with his new book, The First Time.
While chatting with ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, he shares what rose lovers can expect from his new project and reveals how he’s doing since recently contracting COVID-19.
“I’m doing so much better,” shares Underwood. “I was very blessed and lucky that it only lasted five or six days and all my symptoms were manageable from home, but I feel like I’m finally fully back to myself.”
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Hi, just wanted to give you a health update. The last few days were rougher than I expected. The most prominent symptoms are my cough, night sweats and shortness of breathe. Breathing is challenging, the best way to describe it is feeling like I only have access to 20% of my lungs. I can only imagine how people with pre-existing health conditions feel with this. I’ve been journaling throughout this and I’ll share some of those soon. This morning was the first time that I’ve felt any real type of improvement since the beginning of this. Im hopeful that I’ve turned the corner and will be back to 100% soon. We are very lucky that all of this was manageable at home after getting the proper medicine. I’m on the third story of the Randolph’s home, isolated from the rest of the family (The Health Department called and spoke to both Cassie’s mom and me to make sure we understood timing and what to do). When they make food they make an extra plate and drop it off and have been checking on me regularly to make sure I am comfortable and breathing! They have been amazing and have been taking great care of me. Stay positive people…We got this!
However, his assures that his battle with coronavirus wasn’t an easy one.
“I obviously went through some anxiety but at first, I was thinking it was just the flu, maybe I was putting some symptoms in my head because it was such a weird time,” the 28-year-old says.
Adds Underwood: “It was all confusing for a while and I didn’t really understand, but the night that I had really bad night sweats and I woke up gasping for air was the night that it all became very real.”
With his health back intact, the former “Bachelor” is now able to focus on the launch of his new memoir, The First Time.
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Like so many people my age, and maybe like you, i am a mix of contradictions as i try to figure out where i fit in. I can be tough one day and cry the next. I can get angry, but i can be vulnerable, too. My mood changes daily. I make mistakes. I am not afraid to try new things. I want to be successful. But i find the most meaning when i help other people. There’s something about giving selflessly that makes me my best self. Going on the bachelor brought a lot to me — some good, some bad, and some I’ll never be able to figure out. I went looking for love and found out more about myself than i imagined. Today, I get to add “Author” to the list of words that describe me among many other things. I hope that this book can resonate or help even just one person that is struggle or going through a rough time in their life. Thank you all so much for going on this ride with me. ♥️🤙🏼
“I know it’s sort of a weird time for me to be like ‘Hey buy my book’, but you know what, everybody that I’ve talked to that’s read it, the messages that I’ve gotten, the support and the love has been fantastic. It’s sort of surreal to say I’m an author now,” he expresses.
In the book, the reality star-turned-author opens up about struggling with his identity, where he would dodge questions about his sexuality for being a virgin in the alpha-male world of football.
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Day 11. I’m closer to feeling like myself and I am so grateful to have more of my lungs back. I want to thank my doctor and local health department who have done a great job guiding us through this. I’m talking with my doctor about donating my plasma and doing anything I can to help fight this thing. Thank you to everyone who has be so supportive during this time. A friendly reminder that my memoir comes out March 31st! I’m hoping that during this time it helps distract people or you learn something new about yourself while reading it. Continue to smile and spread positivity. ♥️ love y’all
“It wasn’t as much an internal struggle for me as it was people harping on me and saying ‘No, since you’re a virgin, you’re this.’ And I was like, ‘Am I?’ That’s where my head went for it,” Underwood reveals. “So it wasn’t ever really me trying to explore or figure things out, it was more me not having confidence and overcompensating or struggling internally being like, ‘If you hear something so often you start believing it’.”
While writing his book, Underwood was under contract with “The Bachelor” franchise following the airing of his season.
But now that his contract has expired, the reality star is an open book when it comes to sharing his experience on the dating series.
“Obviously I’ve had my frustrations, obviously there were some things said and done that may have rubbed me the wrong way,” he says. “It was challenging at times because it’s show business about your personal life, so it’s hard not to take things personally when it is personal, but it’s business. So it was always a constant line that I had to walk.”
“But I’ll just say this: there were some things I found out, some things that I wasn’t okay with, some things that I wasn’t willing to compromise,” he reveals.
Adds Underwood: “It was just best for me mentally to just take a break from the franchise, and I think that’s what this book allows me to do – close a chapter on that door and take ownership back of my life and my story, and I’m excited for it.”