Never has America looked forward to two people having drinks more than The Bachelorette's newly reconciled (well, kinda) Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron, but here we are. This season's wildly dramatic finale ended with the former couple agreeing to a date to see where things go.
It wouldn't have been surprising if Tyler had said no: After all, the runner-up was crushed when Hannah broke up with him right as he was about to propose. But after her engagement to Jed Wyatt fell apart, Hannah admitted she still has feelings for Tyler.
Whether or not that will lead to a relationship is still to be determined—and rightfully so—but Tyler's now had at least 12 hours to let Hannah's revelation sink in. So where do things stand? When are those drinks happening? And has he
laid into talked to Jed? Here, Tyler opens up about all that and more.
Glamour: Let’s jump right into everything that happened on the finale. How angry are you with Jed now that you know he wasn't honest with Hannah?
Tyler Cameron: Yeah, I’m just very disappointed in him, in the whole situation. My heart aches for Hannah because when it was down to me, Peter, and Jed, I felt like she was in great hands. As soon as it was just me and Jed, I thought, Okay, if it’s not me, Jed’s going to be the one that takes care of her.
I feel like his feelings for her were genuine, but I was just disappointed to see all this coming out. I don’t think he handled things the right way, and his initial intentions for the show weren’t the right intentions. I was just disappointed overall.
Did you ever have concerns about him during the show, or did you not know about those red flags?
No, not at all. I had no idea about any of his past, so this was all news to me. It was news to all of us. We were pretty blindsided by it, just like you guys were.
Have you talked to him since? If not, what would you want to say to him now?
No, not much. I’d just tell him that I’m disappointed, and I hope he can start taking steps in the right direction. This can be a learning lesson for him.
Many of us still don’t quite understand why Hannah chose Jed in the first place. Did you ever get a clear explanation or understanding from her about why it wasn’t you in the end?
No, and I didn’t need to pressure her for that. I wanted her to make her decision and feel 100% confident in it, and that’s what I felt happened. I don’t need to press her to find out answers. I don’t need that. I’m just so thankful and grateful to her for all she brought out in me that whole experience.
Switching gears to something happier, were you surprised last night when Hannah admitted she still has feelings for you?
It was definitely a surprise. I think the world of her. When she said that…I never thought…even if she was still with Jed, I never thought that our friendship was going to just be over, because we cherished and valued each other’s relationship so much. I think we didn’t want to go cold turkey just because it didn’t work out on the show right away. So we’re just going to enjoy each other’s company and see how we are around each other without all the pressure. We don't want to put pressure on each other. We want to just enjoy each other’s company and go from there.
You live in Florida, and Hannah’s in Alabama. While it’s not that far from each other, it’s still long-distance. When are you going to have that drink since you’re not in the same city?
I don’t know. We’re going to figure it out one of these days!
Do you even have each other’s phone numbers? You certainly didn't have it during the filming of the show.
We do have each other’s phone numbers now. [Laughs.] I got her number!
Everyone wants to know what will happen on this drink date. When it does take place, will we even find out?
We haven’t even thought about that or talked about that. I think we’ll just take it day by day and approach it how we feel best. I’m Hannah’s biggest fan and think the world of her, so whatever happens, happens. We just need to take one day at a time with no pressure and take it easy.
What’s your best-case scenario with Hannah going forward? What would you like to happen?
I’ll be just excited to spend time with her and catch up. We haven’t really talked or seen each other since we broke up, so it will be interesting to have that time, without any pressure, and just enjoy it. That’s what I’m most looking forward to.
How great was it to know how much her parents loved you? You really didn't know how those dates played out until you watched it last week.
It meant a lot. I really enjoyed my time with her family, and I thought we all had great conversations. So just to see how they felt about me…they’re amazing people, and I think we all got along really well. It felt great to have their support.
In my informal poll around the office this morning, half the team wants you and Hannah to start dating. The other half wants you to become the Bachelor. If it doesn’t work out romantically with Hannah, would you be open to The Bachelor?
Yeah, that’s something I’ve got to sit down and really think about. It’s an incredible opportunity, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. I've got to weigh all the options and see if it’s something I really want to go for—and if the opportunity presents itself too. Who knows? I just have to take it day by day at this point.
You were a huge champion of Hannah as a strong, independent woman. That really resonated with a lot of viewers. What have people said to you about how supportive and respectful you were?
I think one of my favorite compliments I got was that a lot of moms come up to me and say they make their sons watch the show because of me. That means a lot. I just want to be a good example for my little brothers. How that translates to everyone else [is awesome]. I’m very grateful for how my parents raised me and the experience I’ve had in my life to lead me to where I am today.
After the fantasy suite date, I think many were like, "Where do we find a man like this?!" What was the reception you got after that particular episode?
That’s all about being respectful and keeping it real. It’s about respecting and honoring each other’s boundaries. I think that’s the best way to really carry out a relationship, to take care of each other’s boundaries. When those boundaries are set, you love on those boundaries and don’t push ’em.
You also stood up to Luke P. a lot this season. How important is it for you that men hold each other accountable?
It’s very important. My friends that are very close to me, we hold each other accountable and call each other out on our B.S. I think it’s important that when things aren’t right, they need to be called out. Those actions shouldn’t be celebrated; they should be brought to attention.
Last night Chris Harrison compared the Tyler C. fandom to a Beatles-like reception. As flattering as it is, has it gotten too intense at times?
It was crazy, it was wild last night. I don’t think it’s gotten too intense. I’m very thankful for football, and it’s kind of put me in the light before…not nearly as big as this light, but it’s kind of prepared me for what to expect and navigate through this.
How do you keep a sense of normalcy?
If I can take the time out of my day to take a picture with somebody and make their day a little better, I’ll do it every single time. When I was a little kid going to spring training baseball games, there was this Montreal Expos player named Brad Fullmer. He was my biggest superhero because after an inning he would flip me a baseball. That little moment in time, when he made that gesture, meant the world to me. So I try to reciprocate that with other people, even if it’s taking a picture or chatting with them for a couple minutes.
When we met, you showed me the books you brought with you, including The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines because you were inspired by their career path. Career-wise, what's next for you?
I’m putting a lot of focus and energy on ABC Food Tours, which is my company that me and my buddy have where we [help out] inner-city kids. Also, I'm applying for my general contractor’s license and starting my own company and get rolling with that in Florida.
Jessica Radloff is the West Coast editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.
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