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Tyler Cameron says he didn't actually pursue Hannah Brown after their "Bachelorette" breakup.
Cameron told Insider that he regrets sleeping over at Brown's house after the finale.
He also wishes he had dated Gigi Hadid - who he was seen with two days later - "more privately."
When Hannah Brown ended up alone after her season of "The Bachelorette," many hoped she and fan-favorite Tyler Cameron - her runner-up - would have a second chance.
That hope only heightened when Cameron was photographed leaving Brown's Los Angeles home after they reunited during the finale.
But the tides quickly turned when, days later, Cameron was spotted on a date with Gigi Hadid in New York City.
Now, Cameron is setting the record straight. He told Insider that it was falsely made to seem like he was still pursuing Brown after the show, which he also discusses in his new book "You Deserve Better."
Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron reunited on camera after she dumped him during the finale of 'The Bachelorette'
At the time, Brown was newly single after breaking up with her winner Jed Wyatt over allegations he actually had a girlfriend back home while on the show. (Earlier this year, Wyatt reiterated his stance that he didn't cheat on Brown.) She asked Cameron to go for a drink during the "After the Final Rose" special.
Days later, Cameron was spotted leaving Brown's house in the morning with a backpack, though Cameron said he didn't sleep with Brown that night.
"Hannah and I made plans to see each other, but I didn't totally comprehend how major the reaction to that would be," he writes in his book. "We weren't in a relationship at that point, and we definitely weren't boyfriend and girlfriend. Two days later, I was seen in New York City, out on a date with a different girl."
That girl, of course, was Hadid - who Cameron went on to date for nearly two months.
Cameron told Insider he believes it was made to look like he was pursuing Brown
Cameron recalled watching fellow "Bachelorette" alum Peter Weber's season of "The Bachelor," in which Brown also asked Weber (who finished third on her season) for a second chance.
"She was saying how I was reaching out, and she was like, 'Peter, you never did all that stuff,'" Cameron told Insider. "And I was like woah, woah. It looked like I reached out and I hung out with her and then I dumped her. It really paints a picture in a completely different way than what it was."
"Bygones be bygones, it's not really a big issue anymore," he added. "But the way TV doctors things up is not always the truth, you know?"
In his book, Cameron wrote that he was clear with Brown about not being ready for a relationship with her again following the "After the Final Rose" special and that his "feelings had changed, naturally" after their breakup.
Cameron admitted he does wish he had 'handled some things better' with Brown and Hadid
"I was very naive," he told Insider. "I didn't understand what paparazzi were, I thought they were for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and people with real talent. Not some freaking dude who's on a dating show."
Brown was repeatedly asked about Cameron and Hadid during post-show interviews, and said on the "Bachelor Happy Hour" podcast that she wished she "would've got a little bit more than two days," referring to the time that passed between her sleepover with Cameron and Cameron and Hadid's first date.
Cameron acknowledged this in his book, writing that he didn't realize the "whole thing would blow up."
"She handled it well, she answered everything with class," he wrote of Brown's reaction. "But that's one thing I feel very, very sorry for."
Looking back, Cameron told Insider that he does wish he hadn't slept over at Brown's house that night.
"I would've handled things more privately," he said. "I should have taken myself home. But I was just going off emotion and being naive and being young, and that's where I feel I screwed up. I wish I would have known to be more private and date more privately. I feel like I'm much better at it now."
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