If you play your cards right, getting dropped on national TV can come with a lot of consolation prizes: Instagram followers, brand deals, hotties sliding into your DMs. Tyler Cameron, who was the runner-up on Hannah Brown’s 2019 season of The Bachelorette, got those things … but he also had to deal with the high price of his overnight fame. In a recent appearance on the money advice podcast Trading Secrets, Cameron revealed that dating supermodel Gigi Hadid in 2019 (predictably) cost a pretty penny and his wallet wasn’t up to the challenge.
Although Cameron is now raking in $250,000 for two Instagram posts (I mean, fair enough, look at him), Trading Secrets host, and fellow Bachelor Nation alum Jason Tartick recalled how broke Cameron was (emotionally and financially, I guess!) coming out of Brown’s season. “He’s going to say, ‘Dude, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I have $5,000 in my bank account. I don’t know what my next job is going to be and I’m dating Gigi Hadid,’” Tartick recalled.
“Not even $5,000. I had like $200,” Cameron corrected.
So how did Cameron afford to get one of the highest paid models in the world at, say, Nobu, on that budget? Well, luckily, I had a parental safety net. “[When] I’d go on dates, I’m like call Pops in the bathroom,” she said. “I’m like, Pops, I don’t think my credit card’s going through. I need you to send me some money right now. And he says, “You got it, son, go get it.” May we all float our kids a few hundred bucks when they date celebrities.
Cameron said the fact that Hadid never knew her financial situation was pure luck: “At this point, I don’t even know what a credit card is. I have a direct debit card, so when you get to zero, you know,” he said. Oh yes, I know! “So I’m just crossing my fingers, hoping it slides and keeps sliding,” he said. Oh girls, he’s giving off “young college guy who doesn’t get paid until next week” vibes.
I have to admit, I find the whole thing a little charming (if not also annoyingly privileged). At the end of the 15th season of The Bachelorette, Brown chose aspiring singer Jed Wyatt, who ended up being an asshole, over Cameron. (Word to the wise: never trust the idiot with the guitar.) And while I, as a viewer, strongly believed that Cameron and Brown had a connection, it didn’t take long to move on, and with a Hadid, no less !
Perfectly, after the show, Cameron moved to New York and crashed on the couch of his best friend (and at the time future Bachelor star himself) Matt James while drink and dine concert “[I had] There’s no money, but I’m like the happiest I’ve ever been because the world is open to me in New York City. I can do whatever I want,” Cameron said, using the present tense to describe his broken time. Cute! It’s like Sex & The City, but for straight guys!
Cameron and Hadid’s romance only lasted a few months, but I don’t envy the financial stress the relationship seemed to have caused her, although considering what she earns now, I’m sure her dates these days are well Tyler, if you ever want to spread the wealth, my Venmo is public!
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