Colton Underwood’s virginity was the most talked about topic after the fence jump on last season of The Bachelor.
And now, the former Bachelor is opening up about his sexuality and virginity after being in a relationship with Cassie Randolph for over a year.
He first addressed if he’s still a virgin.
“If you have a sex life, you typically never talk about it. People can take that however they want to at this point,” he tells PEOPLE.
“But I’m respecting my values, and also the values of Cassie, my family and her family,” he continues. “We’re happy together. And people can assume whatever they want.”
“I don’t want to be known as the virgin for the rest of my life. There is so much more to me. And I let my story be controlled for too long. Now, I’m all about taking ownership.”
He continued, “My virginity became my identity on the show. I dealt with it, and I laughed at [the jokes], but I’m a lot more sensitive than people think. I could laugh things off, but it was also like, ‘Let’s keep this about finding love and not about getting me laid.'”
“It was a constant battle of ‘I signed up for a TV show, and I’ll put on a TV show,’ but it was also starting to wear on me.”
He also opened up about the one and the only fantasy suite date he had with Tayshia Adams which made him feel ‘dirty’.
“I felt so dirty,” Colton said. “And I got to a point where I was like, ‘I can’t do this.'”
Colton opened up about his relationship with Cassie Randolph.
“I found somebody I wanted to be with and I wasn’t willing to give up.”
“Everything happens for a reason. Cassie and I are happy and that’s all that matters.”