Bachelor fans were surprised to see a familiar face on the show during last week’s episode (February 16). Despite the weekend media storm over Chris Harrison’s “step back” from hosting duties, the episode continued along Matt James’s journey of love without a hitch. That is until Heather Martin showed up, threatening to turn this (already eventful) season upside down.
Heather may not be a contestant this season, but Bachelor Matt recognized her instantly. She made headlines in Colton Underwood’s season of the reality dating show for having never been kissed. While she did secure a smooch from Colton back in Season 23, Heather went home ringless. Is she back to fix that two years later? And how does she even know Matt James? Well, it turns out ex-Bachelor stars live in a very small world. It’s a bit convoluted, so let’s break it down.
When Heather appeared on Colton’s season of The Bachelor, she befriended franchise legend and soon-to-be Bachelorette, Hannah Brown. Fans will remember that Hannah Brown nearly ended up with dreamy contestant Tyler Cameron, who is best buds with none other than… Matt James. Apparently, Heather has had a long standing crush on the current Bachelor and just couldn’t resist shooting her shot before he ties the knot. Someone should have warned her that this season’s group of women is not likely to take her interruption well, at all. Contestant Serena P. begged the question, “What, she’s gonna come in and, like, marry him?” She was one of many outraged contestants.
Matt James however, does not seem likely to grant Heather’s request. He told the California native that he already had feelings for other contestants. Too bad for Heather, but who knows, maybe she’ll be back. She has not taken no for an answer in the past. Maybe this was all a ploy to encourage fan investment in her own journey to find love and she’s eyeing the Bachelorette title herself. Tune in at 8/7c tonight to see just how determined Heather is to secure Matt’s heart.
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