There’s more to Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron’s connection than quarantine TikTok videos.
On Tuesday, the “Bachelorette” exes opened up about their relationship in a YouTube video, in which they spoke about their reunion earlier this year amid personal trauma, notably the death of Cameron’s mom Andrea, and Brown’s brother Patrick overdosing.
“So we weren’t talking, kind of after everything that happened,” Brown said.
In the summer of 2019, Brown, 26, ended her engagement to “Bachelorette” winner Jed Wyatt, who allegedly had been involved with another woman when he was cast on the ABC reality series. Cameron, 27, who finished second on Brown’s season, briefly dated supermodel Gigi Hadid in the aftermath.
Cameron’s mom died of a brain aneurysm in March 2020 and upon hearing the devastating news, Brown reached out to him.
“I was thinking about this past year because it’s been a whirlwind, and thinking about Hannah,” Cameron said, noting his mother was “obsessed” with the former beauty queen. “Literally, Hannah’s name pops up on my phone, and she’s like, ‘Oh my God, I just heard the news…’ and so right there I was like, ‘Let’s just bury the hatchet.’”
Shortly after they began talking, Brown’s brother overdosed, spending two days on a ventilator and eventually entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility in San Antonio, Texas.
“We were kind of leaning on each other now at this point,” Cameron explained. “We were both going through things so we were kind of each other’s support system all of a sudden. You of course have your family there, but it’s always nice to have someone outside to lean on as well.”
Brown added, “But I think there’s also a problem in that a little bit. We like came together in trauma.”
In March, Brown was photographed in Cameron’s hometown of Jupiter, Fla., where she soon co-starred in TikTok clips with the “quarantine crew,” which also included new “Bachelor” Matt James.
“I think I wanted to get away from my own so I say that I traded Tyler’s trauma for mine, but I also wanted to be there for you,” she said.
Brown, who also attended Andrea’s funeral, noted that she nor Cameron anticipated a prolonged quarantine, just a “few days.”
“People think we were hooking up the whole time … Never kissed,” Brown said.
Brown added how she also struggled to fit into the current situation.
“I’m at my ex’s house with all of his friends,” Brown said, “I’m like I don’t know where I fit. And I think I did a good job of like trying to be OK with the situation that I was in, but, for me, I was internally freaking out.”
Brown and Cameron recalled how there were days when they barely conversed with one another.
“We went from a dating show where it didn’t work out, and then not talking to each other, trauma happens, hang out, to living together,” Cameron said.
Brown ended her quarantine with Cameron in early April, returning to her family in Alabama.
“I don’t think I was very nice that day, you were definitely not nice that day,” Brown said to Cameron. “The day I left, didn’t speak.”
Now months removed from lockdown, Brown and Cameron’s friendship has improved.
“I think everything we’ve been through, all the stuff we’ve done, we care about each other, we’re there for each other, I’m super stoked where we’re at right now,” Cameron said.