‘The Bachelorette’ Star Tayshia Adams Reacts to Colton Underwood Coming Out, ‘It Was Just a Surprise’

Tayshia Adams has found wild success in the past few years after first appearing on The Bachelor and then becoming the star of The Bachelorette in season 16. Now, she is hosting season 18 of The Bachelorette alongside Kaitlyn Bristowe, and she is receiving more media attention than ever before.

Just as the new season of the ABC reality dating show is kicking off, Tayshia appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. There, she answered questions regarding her reaction to the news that Colton Underwood came out as gay.

'The Bachelorette' star Tayshia Adams and 'The Bachelor' star Colton Underwood cuddle close. Tayshia wears a white sweater. Colton wears a black and white plaid shirt.
Tayshia Adams and Colton Underwood | Josh Vertucci via Getty Images

Tayshia Adams was a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’ Season 23

The Bachelorette fans first met Tayshia when ABC cast her as one of Colton Underwood‘s suitors in The Bachelor Season 23. Tayshia and Colton formed a strong connection throughout the season, and she made it to the finale.

Unfortunately for Tayshia, Colton was in love with Cassie Randolph, who had just quit the show. Once she left, Tayshia and Hannah Godwin were the two contestants left standing. Colton decided that he needed to try to pursue a relationship with Cassie. So, he broke up with Tayshia and Hannah.

However, many Bachelor Nation fans fell in love with Tayshia. So, ABC brought her back for Bachelor in Paradise Season 6. In Mexico, she paired up with former The Bachelorette Season 15 contestant John Paul Jones. The two dated for a bit in the show, broke up, rekindled their relationship after the finale aired, and broke up again.

But Tayshia soon discovered her happily ever after when she was chosen as the replacement for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette. In the finale, Tayshia gave Zac Clark her final rose, and the couple became engaged.

Andy Cohen asked Tayshia about Colton Underwood’s coming out news

Tayshia, co-host of The Bachelorette, recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live. There, Andy Cohen asked her questions about Colton coming out as gay in April 2021.

When asked if she has spoken to Colton since he came out, she responded, “I have not.” Then Cohen asked her if she was surprised by the news, and she said, “I was.”

Cohen pressed her more about her reaction to the news. Tayshia admitted, “You know, it was just a surprise. But that was like a, you know, a time in my life. I was really grateful, honestly, because he helped me grow as a person. And so, that solely, I can appreciate him for. And whatever makes him happy makes him happy.”


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‘The Bachelorette’ co-host Tayshia Adams reacted to Colton’s coming out in April 2021

Tayshia is currently helping guide Michelle Young in her journey in The Bachelorette Season 18. But, before she started giving advice in the show, she expressed her happiness for Colton.

Per Us Weekly, a few days after Colton revealed to the world that he is gay, Tayshia’s representatives released a statement on her behalf. It said, “Tayshia is very happy that Colton is able to now live his life openly and without fear of being his true self. There is absolutely no ill will – only support for Colton, his willingness to share his truth, and the additional representation for the LGBTQ community.”

You can watch Tayshia Adams co-host The Bachelorette Season 18 on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.