Bachelor Nation was divided when the former NFL player was announced as our next franchise lead in September, but he's not taking any of the negativity to heart. In fact, as he told ET's Lauren Zima at our exclusive interview at his official Bachelor photo shoot before his season started, when it came to accepting the job, he had "zero hesitations."
"I haven't paid attention to it too much," he said of criticism of his position as Bachelor. "But I'm not perfect.... I'm just focused on finding my wife and being here and living in the moment."
Part of the reason some fans were concerned about Underwood being the Bachelor was his portrayal on Bachelor in Paradise over the summer. Fans saw highs and lows of his relationship with Tia Booth, as well as a major breakdown in which Underwood confessed he wasn't sure if he was over his romance with Bachelorette Becca Kufrin. According to Underwood, however, it was those experiences that convinced him he was ready to find love on TV for a third time.
"There probably would've been a little hesitation if I didn't do Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise before, because it finally allowed me to take a step back from the situation and see what I've learned and how I've grown," he explained, adding that he's really "come into my own." "There was zero hesitations once it was all through."
Both of Underwood's Bachelor exes, Kufrin and Booth, were supportive of his appointment as Bachelor. "I've spoken to both of them since being announced, and they're both super excited. They were very encouraging, and I wouldn't expect anything less because that's the type of people that they are," he told ET, adding that he's also cleared the air with the other contenders for Bachelor -- Blake Horstmann and Jason Tartick.
"We have [talked things out]," he said. "That's the beauty of all this. We said going into it, 'We're never gonna let this shift our friendship.' We have such a good support system, that was one thing we knew coming up on Becca's season, we all shared this weird bond, this weird brotherhood, this friendship, and it was so cool and unique."
"[It's] an opportunity for me to find love. And it's something I want so badly, so I'm super excited and I can't wait to prove some people wrong, and then also, you know, continue to grow into the person I am, [and] continue to grow with somebody," he shared. "I think that's the beautiful thing about all this, is while I could be falling in love, I can continue to grow and share that experience with somebody else."
The 26-year-old said he really is ready to find his future wife.
"I'm all in. I want to find a wife, I want to find somebody who I'm going to spend the rest of my life with. I want to find somebody who is going to be a mother to my children," he said, noting that his age has nothing to do with his preparedness to settle down. "My mom had me when she was 24, so I want to be a young, cool dad. I want to have some fun with my kids growing up."
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Saturday, December 15 2018 4:16 PM EST2018-12-15 21:16:01 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale Ariana Grande is here for her ex. The "God Is a Woman" singer took to Twitter on Saturday to share since-deleted messages of support to her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, after a disturbing post had fans worried he was suicidal. "Man i’m so sorry i told a dumb joke. i really didn’t mean any harm. all i want everyone to be healthy and happy. so desperately. please. my god," Grande wrote, seemingly in response to Kanye West calling her out for joking about his previ...
Saturday, December 15 2018 2:36 PM EST2018-12-15 19:36:01 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale Pete Davidson has fans and friends worried after sharing a disturbing post on his Instagram on Saturday. The 25-year-old actor and comedian deleted his Instagram account after sharing a cryptic and concerning message. "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore. I'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i've ever tried to do was help people," Davidson wrote. "Just remember I told you so." An outpourin...
Pete Davidson has fans and friends worried after sharing a disturbing post on his Instagram on Saturday.
Saturday, December 15 2018 1:36 PM EST2018-12-15 18:36:02 GMT
By Jennifer Drysdale Congrats to Remy Ma! The rapper has welcomed her first child with husband Papoose, she announced on Instagram on Friday. "It's a girl!!" Remy, whose real name is Reminisce Smith, shared, adding, "The Golden Child is here!!! Thank you @papoosepapoose for making me the the happiest wife on the planet?? #BlackLove #RemAndPap #BabyMackie #ShesMADDDDcute??." The little one's arrival came shortly after Papoose said his wife was having a "tough labor." "My wife is st...
Saturday, December 15 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-12-15 18:16:02 GMT
By Jennifer DrysdaleClick here to watch video. Offset only wanted one thing for his birthday on Friday: to make things right with his wife, Cardi B. The rapper took to Instagram to share a lengthy apology video to Cardi, after she announced to fans earlier this month that they were going their separate ways. "We’re going through a lot of things right now, a lot of things in the media. I want to apologize to you, Cardi. I embarrassed you. I made you go crazy," Offset said in the cl...
Offset only wanted one thing for his birthday on Friday: to make things right with his wife, Cardi B.
Saturday, December 15 2018 12:36 PM EST2018-12-15 17:36:02 GMT
By Jennifer DrysdaleClick here to watch video. Ariana Grande is speaking out. The 25-year-old pop star took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to Kanye West, after the rapper called her out for using his feud with Drake to "promote" her new music. In a series of tweets early Saturday morning, West said he knew Grande "didn't mean no harm but I don't like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me." West went on, discussing his recent mental ...
Saturday, December 15 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-12-15 05:36:02 GMT
By Leena TailorClick here to watch video. Nearly 25 years after he starred alongside Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise is sharing how the film still impacts his life. ET was with the 63-year-old actor as his charitable organization, the Gary Sinise Foundation, treated 1,000 children of fallen military members to a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. And before the fun-seekers arrived, Sinise shared why his film experience makes the cause closer to his heart. “The...
Nearly 25 years after he starred alongside Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinise is sharing how the film still impacts his life.
Friday, December 14 2018 10:36 PM EST2018-12-15 03:36:02 GMT
By Leena Tailor What more could one want when they get up and hit the shower every day? Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell can now have their good friends, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, greeting their naked selves every time they step into the shower, thanks to an epic holiday gift from the hilarious couple. After the two actors gifted their pals a shower curtain with a cute pic of themselves on it, Shepard took to Instagram on Friday to post a pic of the present. “What a generous Chris...
What more could one want when they get up and hit the shower every day?
Friday, December 14 2018 9:56 PM EST2018-12-15 02:56:07 GMT
By Meredith B. KileClick here to watch video. David Dobrik wasn't involved in this year's YouTube Rewind end-of-year recap video -- and that's just fine with him. "I have to clear the air: I was asked to be in it," the YouTube star recently told ET's Oscar Gracey. "I couldn't make it. I'm sorry." The annual video, which featured dozens of YouTube stars recreating the year's biggest trends in viral videos -- from music to memes to, of course, Fortnite -- garnered a significant amount...
David Dobrik wasn't involved in this year's YouTube Rewind end-of-year recap video -- and that's just fine with him.
Friday, December 14 2018 9:56 PM EST2018-12-15 02:56:04 GMT
By Leena Tailor After being told his weight gain could eventually threaten his life, Rob Kardashian has been working with a trainer and has finally “turned his life around,” a source tells ET. “Rob has struggled nonstop for years with his weight and he finally seems to have turned his life around,” the source says. “Lately Rob’s friends have been talking about how proud they are of him because he made his health a priority.” “He was warned that if he didn’t lose weight, it could eve...
After being told his weight gain could eventually threaten his life, Rob Kardashian has been working with a trainer and has finally “turned his life around,” a source tells ET.
Friday, December 14 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-12-15 02:16:03 GMT
By Amy Lee Jennifer Lopez is working on a skincare line! The 49-year-old multitalented entertainer, who looks practically the same as she did 20 years ago, is known for her ageless glow. While everyone has been trying to figure out her exact secrets for years, we're about to get one step closer to achieving her flawless complexion with her new skincare collection, which is set to drop next year. Lopez announced the exciting news during a speaking event in New York City with the Wing...