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Rejection was only the beginning for former Bachelorette contestant Tyler Cameron. After leaving the hit reality series heartbroken, a high-profile new love interest was waiting in the wings. Model Gigi Hadid and Cameron have only been dating for a few weeks, but nearly every one of their outings has been captured on the streets of New York. Here, a rundown of their brief, but compelling history.
July 22, 2019: A Twitter user points out that Hadid had begun following Cameron. While he was still vying for Hannah Brown’s heart as a contestant on The Bachelorette at the time, many speculated he wouldn’t be her final pick anymore. “Welp, there goes my chance #TheBachelorette,” the original user tweeted.
July 30: On After the Final Rose, it’s revealed that, in the end, Brown chose Nashville singer Jed Wyatt over Cameron. While their engagement didn’t last due to some dishonesty on Wyatt’s part, Brown asks Cameron to grab a drink some time.
She tells host Chris Harrison, “I know that with Tyler, he’s been so supportive and so respectful of me, not just on our journey together but even afterwards. Our relationship was real to me and special. Everything I said I meant and I felt. It didn’t just go away. I still have feelings.”
E! News provided a full run-down of the date. “Tyler got to Hannah’s place around 9 p.m. and they stayed in,” a source said. “He spent the night with her and left this morning after 10 a.m. She walked him out to his car and they hugged and kissed. He had an overnight bag and they looked very happy together.”
The day before on Instagram, Brown posted a photo of herself and Cameron from the show. In her reflective caption she wrote, “Yes, the drink is happening. No, you’re not invited. I’m really appreciative that Tyler has always had my back and supported me through all my decisions. He constantly encourages me to lean into the strong woman that I am. He’s a really good man, and I’m going to be his biggest fan in whatever makes him the happiest.”
August 4, 2019: Before fans could get too excited about Hannah and Tyler 2.0, he was spotted on a date with Hadid in New York City. They were spotted grabbing a drink at Brooklyn’s Soho House. The supermodel had split with Zayn Malik in January.
August 5: A source tells E! about the origins of Hadid and Cameron’s connection. “Tyler and Gigi actually have a few mutual friends in the modeling industry, but met on Instagram,” the insider said. “She knew of him before he got any wind of fame from the Bachelorette. Gigi is definitely interested in Tyler. They met for drinks last night at Soho and they got along really well. It was very casual but they were laughing and had a very engaged conversation.”
The source added, “Gigi thinks Tyler is really cute and nice and liked that he was a good listener. They have been texting for weeks and have plans to hangout again while Tyler is in NYC. They are both taking things slow but have both made it clear they are interested in each other.”
Meanwhile, the source said rekindling his romance with Brown would be “geographically challenging,” considering they live on opposite coasts. “Tyler is single and is going to date around. He’s definitely not tied to Hannah or picking up where they left off on the show. He’s having fun and not taking anything seriously. He’s getting a lot of attention right now and is just going to see what happens.”
Entertainment Tonight asks Brown directly about Cameron’s first date with Hadid. “I have feelings, but I’m also single and he’s single and I wanna keep my options open and he can keep his options open,” the former Bachelorette said. She also opened up about their evening spent together. “We definitely hung out and talked about everything and… I know nobody will believe me [about] just hanging out and actually talking but it was good to be able to catch up,” Brown told ET. “We had a lot to talk about.”
That night, an eyewitness spots Hadid and Cameron’s second date at Frames Bowling Lounge, per E! News. As with their first date, Cameron is spotted leaving Hadid’s apartment the next morning.
August 6: A People source shuts down rumors that Hadid and Cameron’s relationship is an elaborate PR stunt. “Their dates are definitely real and he’s having a good time,” the source said, adding that it was “too soon to say Tyler and Gigi are ‘dating.’ They’re both being purposefully coy.”
The source also gave an updated on where Brown stands with everything. “Hannah is not thrilled,” the insider said. “It’s not that she doesn’t think he’s allowed to date other people, but it’s embarrassing.”
Soon after, Us Weekly asks Brown about the drama. Her response? “I’m not going to talk about Tyler or any of that stuff. Thank you, next.” She also takes to her Instagram Stories this week to tell fans, “I am forever so thankful for the love and support you all show me. However, supporting me doesn’t mean you have to compare me to anyone else. I want to make sure that we are all remembering to uplift other women and not tear them down. XOXO, Han.”
August 13: E! News shares exclusive photos of Hadid and Cameron leaving her apartment separately (about 45 minutes apart) for their third public outing. “Gigi looked good,” a source said. “She was casual and seemed very chill. It seems like they are definitely spending more time together and growing close.”
August 14: The following day, the models were photographed in New York. Their fourth date took place at Justin Theroux’s Manhattan bar, Le Turtle. Hadid had been spotted earlier in the day wearing a gray tee and ripped jeans.
August 16: Cameron and Hadid headed upstate for their fifth Official Date™. A fan spotted the two at a Starbucks in Malta, New York.
As serious as a weekend together may appear, an Entertainment Tonight source says the two are only “casually dating.” The insider added, “Gigi went through a breakup from a serious relationship and Tyler just got off a dating show. The two are enjoying building a friendship first, going on dates and having fun. Nothing more than that right now.”
August 20: Evidently, the weekend away went well. Hadid takes Cameron to a dinner at La Esquina with Serena Williams. Naturally, photos emerge the next day of Cameron leaving Hadid’s apartment.
August 22: Hadid and Cameron are photographed in a car together. Some wondered if the pair was jetting out for another weekend trip. Others were curious about why Hadid was wearing sunglasses while driving at night.
Per an Us Weekly report, Hadid and Cameron could be making their red carpet debut at Monday’s VMAs. According to a photo of the seating chart obtained by Us, there’s an empty seat between Gigi and sister Bella. Only time will tell if Cameron will get the date card…