"I don't think my heart's in it right now with Tia", he added.
Many fans of the show took to Twitter to discuss the new Bachelor.
Though he has more than his fair share of supporters, news of Underwood's casting - which was leaked online just days ago - has been widely slammed by viewers who claim he's too young and not ready for a long relationship. Both Colton and Tia left Bachelor In Paradise after their heartbreaking split.
Hours after he was seen spurning the lovely Tia and driving away in a trail of tears in last night's episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Colton Underwood has been announced by ABC as the central figure in the upcoming season 23 of The Bachelor. I wasn't true to who I was, and I feel like people think I'm less of a man because of that.
She shared a picture of her with Colton, seemingly from the weekend they spent together before he did Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season. Subsequently, an "After the Final Rose" episode was tacked onto the season to allow viewers-and the show's contestants-to process their feelings, and an Internet firestorm erupted.
The 26-year-old was then eliminated from the show, clearly heartbroken by not being able to continue things with Becca.
Congratulations to Colton, or better yet, good luck.
After that, he and Tia were one of the most solid couples in Paradise, until Monday's show when he revealed to Canadian Kevin Wendt that he was having second thoughts about their future and realized she wasn't the one for him.
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'Post-football, Colton has dedicated himself to helping children fighting Cystic Fibrosis.