Meet The 'Bachelor Bros' — Roommates & BFFs Matt James and Tyler Cameron

Wednesday February 17, 2021
Originally published on February 15, 2021

"The Bachelor" Matt James and his BFF Tyler Cameron
"The Bachelor" Matt James and his BFF Tyler Cameron  (Source:Instagram)

Who may be the hottest couple to come out of this season's "The Bachelor" isn't Matt James and the show's numerous contestants, including villainous tiara-wearing Victoria Larson and controversial Rachael Kirkconnell, but James and his BFF Tyler Cameron. "But anyone who follows Matt knows that his love story with Tyler C. is cuter than any romance he'll ever have," writes the website StyleCaster.

Those familiar with the hit ABC dating show's spin-off "The Bachelorette" will recognize Cameron, 28, as the runner-up on Season 15 in 2019. James was originally scheduled to be a bachelor on Season 16 of "The Bachelorette," but due to COVID-19 delays, he was instead chosen to be "The Bachelor" on the current season, which made him the show's 40 seasons and 18-plus years on air.


But how did these Bachelor Bros come to be?

James and Cameron met when they were students at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in the 2010s, reported StyleCaster, and were teammates on the school's football team. After the college, they moved to New York City and Cameron moved in with James in a one-bedroom apartment.

"That's my guy. I was gonna get a one-bedroom, but I think it's important to surround yourself with people that are doing good things, and that's my partner with ABC Food Tours," he said at the time. "I've been living on his couch for a while now, and he hasn't gotten sick of me."


"That's my guy. I was gonna get a one-bedroom, but I think it's important to surround yourself with people that are doing good things, and that's my partner with ABC Food Tours," Tyler told the podcast "Bachelor Party" in September 2019. "I've been living on his couch for a while now, and he hasn't gotten sick of me."

ABC Food Tours is "James' organization focused on helping kids in the underserved communities of New York City connect with their areas," writes US Weekly.

The coach-surfing model and personality added that he always looked up to James. "That's how he was in college with me. He was the older cool kid who took me under his wing," Tyler said. "We've just been boys ever since. Super grateful for that friendship and what he's shown me in the city."



In February, 2020, US Weekly reports, the pair moved to a larger apartment.

He was also a big booster of James being chosen to be part of the dating show franchise. "My goal is to get him on. He needs some convincing, so everybody get after him, get him convinced to go, and he'll be a great guy for the show."

"Matt's casting also came after a petition was created demanding that the Bachelor franchise cast its first Black Bachelor," writes StyleCaster. "Along with the first Black male lead, the petition also called on the franchise to hire more diversity both in front of and behind the camera. The petition was created after season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay, who was the franchise's first Black Bachelorette, said that she would boycott the show if it didn't take serious steps toward diversity."

Last month James wished Cameron a happy 28th birthday, "sharing a throwback pic of the pair and writing in an Instagram post that Cameron's late 'Mama would be proud of the man you're becoming.' He also posted a series of Instagram Stories in celebration of his pal, including a throwback pic of their first NYC apartment, complete with loft bed and filled with the model's clothes, a video where the Bachelor star trolled Cameron over quarantine, a clip of James helping his pal while they were fishing, and a pic of the pair jogging. 'Friends that train together, stay together,' he wrote on the pic."

Check out these pics from their respective Instagrams:






















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