Colton Underwood reflects on his 'tough' split from 'first love' Aly Raisman

The first cut is the deepest! Colton Underwood looked back on his relationship with Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and revealed how he moved past their difficult breakup.

Underwood, 26, reflected on his romance with Raisman, 24, during his appearance on “The Lady Gang” podcast on Tuesday, January 15, when cohostKeltie Knight asked the current Bachelor about his “worst heartbreak.”

“I wouldn’t say it was on the show. I would say it was my first love,” the former NFL player said of the gold medalist, who he dated from August 2016 to April 2017. “While it was confusing and hard in the beginning, it also taught me a lot about myself, what I need, what I want, what I can do better in a relationship. It was, like, a big growing, a big step for me. It was really tough.”

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Colton Underwood (L) and Aly Raisman attend the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch event at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. / AFP / Angela Weiss (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 18: SI Swimsuit model Aly Raisman (R) and Colton Underwood attend the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17: SI Swimsuit model Aly Raisman, right, and Colton Underwood at the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festial on February 17, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Colton Underwood (L) and Aly Raisman attend a basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Colton Underwood (L) and Aly Raisman attend a basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: NFL player Colton Underwood (L) and Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman arrives at the NBCUniversal's 74th Annual Golden Globes After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Aly Raisman (R) and Colton Underwood arrive at HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards after party at the Circa 55 Restaurant on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Football player Colton Underwood and gymnast Aly Raisman attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Aly Raisman and Colton Underwood arrive at the Gold Meets Golden event held at Equinox on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Colton Underwood and Aly Raisman attend the Gold Meets Golden event on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Colton Underwood (L) and Aly Raisman attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: NFL player Colton Underwood and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
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Underwood has shied away from speaking out about his history with Raisman in the past out of respect for what she went through with Larry Nassar, the former Team USA doctor who was sentenced to life in prison after being accused of sexual misconduct by more than 141 women. Raisman was one of several victims who read impact statements at his sentencing.

“To be very candid about it, she’s going through enough right now. She doesn’t deserve to be in this at all,” the Legacy Foundation creator exclusively told Us Weekly in July 2018 while he was a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette season. “I have so much love and respect for Aly and the voice that she is and the role model that she is for every young woman out there.”

Underwood also praised his ex’s emotional ESPY’s speech from earlier that month, in which she addressed Nassar’s abusive behavior while standing alongside other survivors. 

“Unbelievable,” he told Us at the time. “She and all of her friends — and everything they have done — has honestly moved our society in such a positive way and such a positive direction.”

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1406' Richmond, Virginia, whose past is inextricably connected to Americas rich history, is the backdrop for a defining week in Beccas journey. Jason and Beccas date takes the couple on a trolley tour around town, but the day ends on a stunning emotional note. Seven men pay homage to Virginia, one of the cradles of democracy, as they take a history quiz and then participate in the Beccalection 2018 debate. Leo and Becca take a spectacular aerial tour of the state and try their skill at shucking oysters. Australian country superstar Morgan Evans caps off the night with a special performance. One bachelor mounts a shocking late-night surprise which may decide his fate with Becca. Which men will be on the right side of history? Find out on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
THE BACHELORETTE - 'Episode 1406' Richmond, Virginia, whose past is inextricably connected to Americas rich history, is the backdrop for a defining week in Beccas journey. Jason and Beccas date takes the couple on a trolley tour around town, but the day ends on a stunning emotional note. Seven men pay homage to Virginia, one of the cradles of democracy, as they take a history quiz and then participate in the Beccalection 2018 debate. Leo and Becca take a spectacular aerial tour of the state and try their skill at shucking oysters. Australian country superstar Morgan Evans caps off the night with a special performance. One bachelor mounts a shocking late-night surprise which may decide his fate with Becca. Which men will be on the right side of history? Find out on 'The Bachelorette,' MONDAY, JULY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Former NFL and 'The Bachelorette' star Colton Underwood attends Regard Magazine's celebration of the ESPY Awards and their Special Annual Sports Edition at private residence on July 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
BACHELORETTE - 'The Men Tell All' - The most memorable bachelors from this season - including Chris R., Christon, Colton, Connor, David, Jason, Jean Blanc, John, Jordan, Leo, Nick and Wills, as well as Christian, Jake, Joe and Kamil - return to confront each other and Becca one last time to dish the dirt, tell their side of the story and share their emotional departures. Finally, as the clock ticks down on Beccas journey to find love, a special sneak peek of her dramatic final week with Blake and Garrett is highlighted, on 'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All,' MONDAY, JULY 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Paul Hebert via Getty Images) COLTON
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Colton Underwood attends Monster Energy Outbreak $50K Charity Challenge celebrity basketball game at UCLA on July 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Colton Underwood attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Colton Underwood visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on August 8, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - AUGUST 10: Reality TV star Colton Underwood poses for photos on the red carpet during The Aesthetic Everything Beauty Expo Trade Show at The Phoenician on August 10, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by John Medina/Getty Images)
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