‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood recalls his coronavirus battle: ‘I just thought that I had the flu’
which details his journey on “The Bachelor,” as well as enduring both love and heartache over his 28 years.
Underwood spoke to Fox News about testing positive for COVID-19, detailing his relationship with ex-girlfriend, Olympian Aly Raisman, what life is really like with Randolph, 24, and how his faith helped him cope with temptation while appearing on television.
Fox News: You recently tested positive for COVID-19. How are you feeling today? Colton Underwood: I’m feeling back to my normal self. I've made a full recovery and I obviously have a lot of people to thank for that, but I'm doing so much better and I'm looking forward to just being there to support the local community and help the community here down in Orange County right now to see how I can help out.
Fox News: When did you realize that something wasn't right? Underwood: I think that's the scary part about this is there's a lot of unknown, and for me, getting it so early on, I didn't know what was going on and originally when I was symptomatic, I just thought that I had the flu until it turned into shortness of breath. After a night that I woke up gasping for air. So that's when I realized, 'Heym this is more than just the flu.' I pretty much checked off the box for every symptom for coronavirus and I got tested the next day and tested positive two days later. So yeah, it was scary for a little bit.
Fox News: What’s one message you should share with our readers about your health battle? Underwood: I would just tell them to please, please, please listen to your medical professionals in the area. I know there's a lot of mixed messaging going on right now, but you can always trust your doctor for the most part. And I would just also have them take it seriously if not for them, especially the younger generation. If they're not going to do it for themselves, please do it for the elderly and the people who have preexisting conditions.
Fox News: You released a new memoir titled “The First Time.” How important was it for you to talk about your relationship with Aly Raisman? Underwood: I didn't try to go out of my way to share anything about any one individual, but I think it was important for me to put in just my side of my relationship with in regards to Aly just because, I had never really once publicly spoke on it. I actually made sure it was out of the show because she's somebody who I respect and have so much love and appreciation for. So I didn't want to cross a line on national TV, but for the book purposes, I just felt it was good for me to have closure and shed some light on it. I opened with a funny story between us and I just think it was, it was overall good for me just to talk about.
Fox News: What’s life like with your girlfriend, Cassie Randolph, today? Underwood: Obviously we're all quarantining right now, so life's much simpler than what it was before, but it's been a whirlwind of a few years. I'm not going to lie to you and we're just like any other relationship. We go through our ups and downs, but overall I'm very, very happy. We're happy together and we're really looking forward to the future.
Fox News: Do you think "The Bachelor" prepared the two of you in any way to have an actual relationship without the cameras? Underwood: I don't know if I would say "Bachelor" prepared us for that because obviously there are always cameras around and they're taking you on these luxury dates and all these foreign countries, which is great and awesome in itself. But definitely doesn't prepare you for the real world, nothing really can and you have to work through it and go through it together. And I think that you could either use that as a growing and learning experience for your relationship or you could let it break you apart. And I know for us, we took so much from it, what to do, what not to do. And we really just stuck together and had each other's back.