‘The Bachelorette’: Tyler Cameron’s Best Friend Matt James Joins Clare Crawley’s Cast

The Bachelorette runner-up Tyler Cameron‘s best friend Matt James will be competing for Clare Crawley’s heart. The full list of the 32 contestants in the upcoming season dropped yesterday as Peter Weber’s journey came to an end. And one of the good-looking guys just so happens to be a close friend of Tyler’s. Let’s get to know a little bit about Matt James.

The Bachelorette: Meet Matt James – Tyler Cameron’s Best Friend

28-year-old Matt James is looking for love and is turning to The Bachelorette to find it. He attended Wake Forest University alongside Tyler Cameron. There the two men played for the school’s varsity football team together. Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2015.

After finishing school, Matt James briefly played as a wide receiver in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and later the New Orleans Saints. But the upcoming Bachelorette contestant found his passion in the real estate industry after moving to New York City in 2017.

The Bachelorette: Tyler Cameron - Matt James

The Two  Are Roommates and Best Friends

If you scroll through Tyler Cameron’s Instagram feed, it’s easy to see that he and Matt James are good buddies. Not only that, but they also happen to be roommates according to the former Bachelorette star. Tyler even thanked Matt for helping him navigate the city after moving there last year to pursue a modeling career. They attend fashion shows, football games, and some pretty exclusive parties. Tyler has even given him and Matt the couple name “Myler”.

Matt James founded a non-profit called ABC Food Tours that helps educate kids in low-income areas about healthy eating. Tyler also frequently volunteers for his best friend’s charity. It seems that they don’t like to be apart because Tyler once counted down the days until they reunited. We know at least one person is rooting for Matt to go far on The Bachelorette. Hopefully, we’ll get a special guest appearance from Tyler.

The Bachelorette: Tyler Cameron - Matt James

The Bachelorette: Tyler Cameron Convinced Matt James To Try Out For ABC Show

As it turns out, Tyler Cameron was the one who urged Matt James to apply for the show. His campaign started on fellow alum Nick Viall’s podcast in 2019. But Tyler even thinks Matt has what it takes to skip that part and become the leading man in a Bachelor season. And although that didn’t happen, his hard work did pay off because now his buddy is one of 32 vying for Clare Crawley’s love this season.

Season 18 premieres on May 18 at 8/7c on ABC.

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