Having things in common with your bestie is always a good thing. But while typical pals might connect over a beloved band or a fun hobby, two famous friends will soon have something much more specific to bond over: starring roles in Bachelor Nation. Tyler Cameron's reaction to Matt James becoming the Bachelor puts their bromance on display in the sweetest way.
Tyler C. shot to fame during his time on Hannah B.'s season of The Bachelorette. After the show, fans tuned into his social profiles, and that's how they got to know Tyler's pal, Matt. They do pretty much everything together: They're roommates in New York, they work at Matt's nonprofit, ABC Food Tours, and they're even quarantining together during the coronavirus pandemic (providing fans with top-notch TikTok content via the Quarantine Crew).
Tyler's most recent display of brotherly love came as Matt James was announced as the Bachelor for Season 25. Tyler posted a photo showing himself and Matt cuddling up together while sleeping in the backseat of a car, alongside a caption that congratulates Matt for his new accomplishment: "Now the world gets to see the person you are and the heart you have," the caption read in part. "Not excited that somebody will be taking my spot as your snuggle buddy 😢 ." The bro love is real, if you couldn't tell.
Before the big announcement on June 12, Matt was originally set to be a contestant on Clare Crawley's season of The Bachelorette — which had to delay filming due to coronavirus — but now he's landed a much bigger role as a season lead.
ABC executive Rob Mills told Variety his team had been considering Matt as a potential franchise lead for a while. “Matt was somebody who was on our radar and we were thinking about him," Mills said. "We were thinking, 'Do we announce him early, or do we put him on Clare’s season and then announce him later, if it doesn’t work out with Clare?' We didn’t make a final decision until recently, but this has been talked about for quite some time.”
The announcement comes after intense criticism surrounding the franchise's lack of diversity, which was sparked by the increased visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks. Though some fans are saying this casting choice is too little, too late in regard to improving representation issues, others are excited for the step toward equality, and are ready to embrace Matt as the first Black Bachelor.
Regardless of what the public has to say, it's clear Matt has at least one pal who is thrilled about the news. Now, fans will just have to wait to find out whether Matt will be able to find romance on the show — and whether Tyler will be willing to share his BFF with someone else.