The bachelor Matt James' season has just started and the drama is already on its way. Among the surprises annoyed at a quick glance at the end of the premiere on Monday night is the arrival of a very familiar face: Heather Martin, a former Bachelor Candidate apparently showing up to get her shot with Matt later this season. So what's the deal? Do you know each other outside of the show? The answer to that requires a chain of Bachelor Nation connections!
The connection between Matt and Heather is a bit awkward, but also important. Heather was in Colton Underwood's season of The bachelorwhere she memorably revealed that she had never been kissed. During that season, she befriended Hannah Brown, who soon became the next Bachelorette, and they remained good friends after filming ended. Then, as everyone will remember, one of Hannah Tyler Cameron's finalists was the fan favorite. Though Hannah Tyler initially declined in favor of Jed Wyatt, she and Jed split when his cheating scandal came to light, and she and Tyler became a close friend – to the point that they were quarantined in the same bubble in early 2020! And of course, Tyler's best friend is Matt.
In summary, while Heather and Matt are not necessarily close friends, they are linked through Heather's friendship with Hannah, Matt's friendship with Tyler, and Hannah and Tyler's own relationship. As far as we know, Heather and Matt never went on a date, though it's entirely possible they are closer than they have publicly announced.
Did Hannah (or Tyler) have any role in preparation for Heather's appearance on the show? Who knows at this point, but we are curious to see how it all works. Regardless of what their pre-show relationship actually looks like, having someone with an off-show connection arrive to shake up the season in the middle of the season is sure to be big drama!