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Colton Underwood came out as gay on April 14.
He's the first "Bachelor" lead to come out but not the first person in the show's history to do so.
Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty were the first same-sex relationship to be shown on camera.
Colton Underwood became the first openly gay man in Bachelor Nation in April 2021.
Underwood was originally on Becca Kufrin's season of "The Bachelorette," before moving to "Bachelor in Paradise," and finally to his own season of "The Bachelor." At the time, he had been marketed as the "virgin Bachelor."
He dated a woman from his season, Cassie Randolph, for around one year before the two split up, with Randolph filing for a restraining order against Underwood in September 2020. It was dropped that November.
In April 2021, Underwood came out as gay during an interview on "Good Morning America."
"I'm emotional, but I'm emotional in such a good, happy, positive way," Underwood said. "I'm the happiest and healthiest that I've ever been in my life, and that means the world to me."
This makes him the first former lead to be part of the LGBTQ community, and the first gay male involved with the show.
Demi Burnett came out as bisexual during "Bachelor in Paradise," and she later proposed to her girlfriend during the show.
Burnett was introduced to audiences during Colton Underwood's season, becoming one of the most popular people from the franchise. When she went on "Paradise," she initially began exploring a relationship with Derek Peth, before admitting she had been dating someone before the show that she was still interested in — a woman named Kristian Haggerty.
Haggerty eventually joined the cast of "Paradise" and the two remained together for the rest of the season, becoming the first same-sex couple in the show's history. Burnett proposed at the end of the season, but they broke up a few months later.
Alexa Caves of Peter Weber's season describes herself as "fluid."
Caves appeared on Weber's season of "The Bachelor" last year. After she was eliminated, she took to her Instagram stories to address her sexuality.
"The amount of people that ask me about my sexuality in my DM's is crazy. Lol I've been getting it since the first episode," she wrote. "I'm fluid. I've been with women and I've been with men. I'm open minded. To me, this really isn't a big deal," she continued. "I just do my thang."
Jaimi King was the first woman in "Bachelor" history to be openly bisexual.
King was a contestant on Nick Viall's season in 2017, and she was open about her bisexuality from the moment she first appeared on the show. She'd reappear on "Paradise" that summer, and she made it clear she was open to pursuing relationships with men or women on the beach.
When asked if she thought the show was too conservative, King told Refinery 29 in 2017, "I guess I would say they're less conservative. I wouldn't say they cared about my sexuality like that. They probably wanted to take advantage of it. Like, 'hey, we should probably highlight this because we do want to move in a more progressive way.'"
Abbie Chatfield of the Australian "Bachelor" has said she identifies as queer.
Chatfield appeared on Matt Agnew's season of the Australian "Bachelor" back in 2019 and then on "Bachelor in Paradise" Down Under.
Originally, she said she identified as bisexual, but in April 2021, she updated fans on her sexual orientation on her Instagram story.
"I no longer go as 'bisexual,' I'm now 'queer,'" she said. "You can call me bisexual if you want to but just letting you know I've evolved, so love you."
Kristian Haggerty came on the show to be with her girlfriend, Demi Burnett.
Although Haggerty hadn't been on a "Bachelor" show prior, when she showed up and joined the cast of "Bachelor in Paradise," she became a member of Bachelor Nation. The two got engaged at the end of the season, but broke up a few months later. Haggerty is now dating influencer/lifestyle blogger Taylor Blake, according to Instagram.
Minh Thu confessed her love for another contestant during an episode of "The Bachelor: Vietnam."
Thu's emotional declaration of love for her fellow contestant, Truc Nhu, instead of the lead of "The Bachelor," went viral in 2018. Thu confessed that she had fallen in love with someone — just not the Bachelor — and then asked Nhu to leave with her.
While Nhu decided to stay, the two began dating once Nhu was eliminated from the show.
"Going the traditional way and having a husband and child doesn't necessarily mean that you will find happiness," Thu told Buzzfeed in 2018.
Truc Nhu was who she had feelings for - and while Nhu didn't immediately leave, the two started dating after the show.
Nhu missed Thu immediately, according to Buzzfeed.
"The moment when Minh Thu left and I stayed behind, I had a lot of longing. I had a lot of memories of our time together," she said.
Megan Marx appeared on the fourth season of the Australian "Bachelor," where she met her future girlfriend.
Marx met Tiffany Scanlon while they were competing for the love of Richie Strahan, but their close friendship sparked speculation.
Marx seemingly confirmed their relationship on Instagram in 2016, writing, "From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before. Friendship ripened into something bolder … Happy birthday Tiffany. I love you."
The relationship didn't last, though. They broke up in 2017. In January 2021, Marx spoke about the break-up for the first time.
"Basically we ended up really not liking each other as human beings. It was just a disaster," she said. "There was all this pressure. The biggest thing was letting down the LGBTIQ community," Marx added.
Her ex, Tiffany Scanlon, later appeared on "Bachelor: Winter Games."
Scanlon hasn't really spoken much about their break-up, though she did write on her blog that she was "finding it more and more difficult to enjoy myself now that we were more recognizable to the public" during her relationship.
"Strangers grabbing at us for pictures, not even introducing themselves or talking to us, men asking for threesomes, people accusing us of faking our relationship," she added.
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