Matt James is about to grow to be the first-ever Black male lead on The Bachelor. The New-York-based business realtor — who first met Tyler Cameron at an NFL prep session — was initially alleged to be one among Clare Crawley’s suitors in Season 16 of The Bachelorette.
Nevertheless, the producers determined to provide Matt a much bigger position, casting him as The Bachelor in Season 25 as a substitute.
For a very long time, Matt James dreamed of changing into an NFL participant.
Matt graduated from Wake Forest College in 2015 with a level in Economics. However as a substitute of sticking to his topic selection, he wished to purpose larger, specializing in making it large within the area of soccer first. After three years spent on the faculty soccer staff — which counted different celebs like Tyler Cameron amongst its members — he noticed it greatest to pay attention his efforts on turning his ardour right into a profession.
Sadly, his plans did not work out. Though he was in talks with the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints, he ultimately received minimize from each groups. Matt switched gears swiftly afterward, accepting a promising job alternative on the PNC Financial institution in Pittsburgh, Pa. A yr later, he moved to New York Metropolis, N.Y. to affix a prestigious actual property firm, CBRE, as a analysis analyst.
Presently, he works as an affiliate on the agency. He additionally runs ABC Meals Excursions, a touring firm that helps underprivileged youngsters be taught extra in regards to the eating places working of their neighborhood.
Though he needed to shelve his soccer participant ambitions, his friendship with fellow soccer participant Tyler Cameron lived on simply the identical. They grew nearer through the years, with Matt incessantly making appearances in Tyler’s Instagram and TikTok posts, and even becoming a member of him, Hannah Brown, and others for a fast getaway to Jupiter, Fla. in March this yr.
“It’s similar to being with household, […] It’s been loads of enjoyable being right here with individuals that you simply care about and be in a spot the place it’s heat and also you’re not having to take care of loads of the issues that lots of people within the nation are scuffling with. So there’s not lots to complain about, you understand,” Matt described what a mean day with the Quarantine Crew had felt like in a earlier interview with Life & Model.
As Leisure Tonight reveals, Matt and Tyler are greatest mates — they usually had been even dwelling in the identical house in New York Metropolis, N.Y. till the coronavirus pandemic started.
They first bonded over their shared love of soccer. Today, nonetheless, they spend their time going to the health club, water-crafting, or going clubbing collectively.