Matt James' Bachelor season is well under way, and with it there have been plenty of plot twists. Filmed exclusively at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season has kept fans hanging tight as the producers mix things up left and right. The biggest twist yet is a past contestant making a surprise appearance. But what's her connection to the show — or to Matt? In case you need a recap, here's what happened to Heather Martin on Colton's Bachelor season and where she stands now:
Fans first met Heather back in in 2019, when she was introduced to Colton Underwood as the contestant who had ~never been kissed.~ On Colton's season, the San Diego, California, resident described herself as a thrill-seeker who enjoys all kinds of activities that gets the blood pumping, like bungee jumping, skydiving, and river rafting. Despite her daring nature, when she joined the cast of Colton's season looking for a hubby, Heather actually still hadn't had her first kiss.
Despite how dramatic her situation seemed (thanks producers!), Heather explained on the show that she hadn't planned to go so long without a smooch. Although she dated in the past (and even had a long-term relationship for about eight months), it just... never happened for her.
Heather told Colton during their Feb. 2019 1-on-1 date: "I don't want you to think because I've waited this long I'm waiting for some magical moment, and I'm only gonna kiss my husband. I would never want you to think that because that's not the case at all. I want to move forward with you. It just makes me really excited about the future, and I just want to thank you for that because that's really rare for me."
After explaining her stance on the kissing matter — and giving Colton the green light to pucker up — Heather had her first ever kiss with the Bachelor during their Feb. 4 date. But despite the literal fireworks that went off after their make-out, the pair did not end up together. During Week 7, just two episodes later, Heather self-eliminated because she didn't feel ready for Colton to meet her family during hometowns.
Now, after appearing in promos for Matt James' season, it looks like Heather has moved on and now has her eyes on another Bachelor. Here's hoping she finds her happily ever after (or at least second kiss) with someone truly special — franchise lead or not.
Season 25 of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.