Among the men vying for Clare Crawley's heart on The Bachelorette is Matt James — who happens to know Tyler Cameron very well! Bachelor Nation will definitely recognise Matt, a 28-year-old from New York, as Tyler's longtime best friend, roommate, and business partner. The two of them run the charity ABC Food Tours together, and they're as likely to be spotted goofing off on Instagram as promoting their charity work.
Ironically, Tyler nearly predicted Matt joining the franchise last year, although he had a very different role in mind for his buddy! "I can't wait to watch [Matt] next year," he joked to People in 2019 when asked about who he'd choose to be the next Bachelor. "I know my mom signed him up." Their interview with People also revealed just how far back their friendship goes: they first met in college when they were both playing football at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, several years back.
Tyler has been quiet on social media about his buddy's casting (no surprise, as he's been on a social media hiatus following the sudden passing of his mother), and Matt's Instagram is now private following his casting announcement, but we've still got some snapshots of their friendship courtesy of Tyler's old pics — keep reading for the highlights!