Bachelor Colton Underwood has a lot of surprises in store for his upcoming run on the franchise, airing next week. In an interview with reporters Thursday, January 3, the season 24 Bachelor spoke candidly about his experiences and takeaways after his stint in the spotlight.
“The Bachelor isn’t for marriage,” Underwood expressed. “Of course, you want it to end in a marriage, [but] it’s for a proposal. And it’s typically to fall in love and to find your person, to spend time developing a relationship and spending time on a relationship and on your personal life… And that’s exactly what I did.”
While not much is known about his current situation—Is he engaged, dating or even married?—Underwood made it clear that he broke away from the traditional format with much surprises in store especially around the fantasy suite period.
“I wanted to make sure that I did things my way, and I know that sounds sort of brutal to say, but because there has been a format to this show,” he mused. “And there has been success attached, for a reason, but everybody loves differently. Everybody goes through this process differently, and I’m included in that.”
He shared a similar sentiment with The Hollywood Reporter in a separate interview. “I did things differently. I sort of changed the game in a unique way,” he noted. “I think it’s going to be unexpected for some people, but it’s also something that people are going to have an interest in and really find out more toward the end. I don’t want to ruin or spoil too much. But I’m really looking forward to this being the best season ever.”
Underwood first appeared on the franchise on Becca Kufrin’s season of the Bachelorette. He then appeared on Bachelor in Paradise to sort out his issues with contestant Tia Booth. He is best known, however, as the ex of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman.
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