Interview: Ty Brown on Who’s Best for Ali, Whether He’d Be the Next Bachelor
Is Ty Brown the Wes Hayden of The Bachelorette Season 6? The guy who got dumped in the Portugal rain on Week 7 of The Bachelorette talked about his post-show life today in a media conference call. He's a longtime country singer who played an unfinished song for Ali, like Wes did for Jillian Harris, and has experienced a boost in his music career thanks to the show. Of course, Ty didn't have to go through the girlfriend drama like Wes, but he does have an ex-wife who doesn't agree with his assessment of their marriage.
At any rate, Ty is in a good place now. The 31-year-old is playing music in Nashville, which is what he loves, instead of doing medical sales, which probably not something that many people love. He and fellow castoffs Kasey Kahl and Justin "Rated-R" Rego will be on the Fans of Reality TV Cruise that no longer features our boy Reid Rosenthal. And Ty says he would "definitely consider" being the next Bachelor if he were asked.
Here's what else Ty has to say on his career, that awkward two-on-one date with Frank, his traditional background, his Southern charm, and which guy he would pick for Ali:
On his reception from the music industry after the show
It's funny how country music fans and people here in Nashville accept you. I have been playing around for a long time but it definitely hasn't hurt anything, that's for sure. When I got back and we finished the song up that I wrote on the show, it was amazing to see how many people jumped on board and were like, number one this is a great song, this is a great opportunity, you've got a great story with this. They've been very welcoming and the opportunities that I've had — the show of course has been wonderful — I've met and written with some of the best artists and writers here in Nashville.
On any fears from making the leap from reality star to country music star
I know that these days you have to work extra hard anyway. .... I don't want that to be made an issue. I want (people to know) Ty Brown, not Ty Brown from The Bachelorette as far as my music goes. It's definitely given me a great platform and it's opened a lot of doors for me, but ... I've been playing music for 10 years now and it's something that I've always loved and this finally gave me the opportunity to say 'Hey, you know what, I'm finally going to do something for myself and something that I'm passionate about' and that's what I'm doing. I'm not making anything right now but you know I am definitely very, very happy in the decisions that I've made. I've had opportunities to go back with my old job and other jobs have come along but I'm happy with what I'm doing and I'm excited to wake up and do that every day.
On allegations that he went onto the show with the ulterior motive to further his career
First of all, like I said earlier, as far as the music goes I've been playing music for a long time. You can ask anybody that's ever been around me, they've definitely heard me play a number of times. But one of the biggest things that I could share, I guess, it was really a tough decision for me to give up the job that I had to go on the show, because I had worked so hard to get where I was. Music has always been part of my life. I've played music forever, even when I had my job I was still playing music on the side. Just a few days before we were supposed to be out in L.A. for the show I went in my boss' office and I sat down and he talked to me and he said 'Ty ... you've always tried to do the right thing, you've tried to work, work, work, work, work and make a good living for yourself, but there's one thing that I can tell you from experience.' He was like, 'You've got to do something for yourself.' He was like, 'You're not happy in what you're doing.' He's like, 'Take this experience, go out there, have a good time, see what it's about and enjoy it. Who knows, you may find somebody that you really like and want to have a relationship with, but at least you'll get a great experience of the whole thing.' And it just gave me an opportunity to do something really for myself and to get away. It gave me an excuse to leave the job that I was at and go and experience something for Ty. And it did just that. And when I came home, I had an opportunity to go back to work; and I sat down again and talked to this person. I was like, you know what, I was like, now's the best time as any. I want to continue my music, I want to do this, you know, I want to give it 150 percent instead of just dabbling at it. Why not try it, you know? Now I'm able to give 150 percent into the thing. And so far is it fame and success? No, it's not, but I realize I'm happy, I'm a lot happier person, and my job is not just a job anymore, it's something that I enjoy doing. It's amazing how much happier a person can be when they're doing something they love to do. On his lack of emotions after being eliminated
Nobody, of course, wants to get let go. Especially at that stage in the show. ... At the same time, if I was going to be going home before being the last person there, it was almost relieving because I didn't have to get my family involved. But at the same time I was shocked. I was disappointed that I went home. But she made the decision that she made and I had a great time doing it and it was fun. But yeah, I was a little disappointed and I was shocked. I wasn't I guess as emotional as sometimes people are but I guess it was a little overwhelming at the time. On his feelings for Ali
It's funny, watching the show now and seeing not only how I acted and how everybody else acted on the show, but to see those feelings come back it's very interesting to see. And you know I think it would've been great to have an opportunity to keep on dating her and to see what would happen. She's a fun girl, she's fun to be around. I think if we had a little more time something might've happened. I don't know. But being let go when I did, I didn't really get to know Ali as much as I think I should have and that's all I can go on.
On his awkward two-on-one datewith Ali and Frank
You know it was very uncomfortable and it actually even looked more uncomfortable after watching it. You never want a two-on-one date, but since we did we actually tried to make the best of it. It wasn't as awkward, at the time it was not as awkward as I saw it on TV but it definitely was not a place that we wanted to be. ... But we did have a good time. For Frank and I, that was probably the worst two people to go on a two-on-one date with, but Frank and I get along and we tried to make the best out of that situation.
I knew she had a strong connection with Frank the whole time, I mean that was the first date she went on. But, you know, Frank and I had talked when we'd get back, when the guys were hanging out at the house or whatever, and he had told me 'I know you and Ali have a good strong connection' and this, that and the other. And I believe he even made a comment that 'Ty's probably some of my biggest competition here in the house.' Deep down I really knew that he had a great connection with her, but it wasn't — I didn't really think that it was that much more than we had. Obviously it was, but I didn't realize that at the time.
On how his traditional background played into Ali's decision to dump him
I think it did raise a lot of questions for her and I wanted to address that with her and I did, I think, the very next week. Because I did grow up in a traditional lifestyle. That's the way I grew up. My mom was a schoolteacher but she waited until after the kids were in school to go back to work. My dad of course always worked and sometimes two jobs, and that's the way I grew up. And my mom cooked dinner every night and this that and the other. I did tell her that I grew up in that traditional lifestyle but, you know, necessarily am I looking for that? No. I wanted to get across to her that it thrills me to see somebody that is so ambitious, somebody that knows what she wants and is not scared to speak up and go get it. Someone that has goals set for themselves. That's very attractive to me. I like that and I was trying to get it across to her and maybe I didn't do such a great job, but I think that was kind of a setback and I think that's one of the things that she was concerned with, that maybe I wanted a traditional lifestyle which is not really all that true. I was just expressing that that's how I grew up...
On his Southern charm
The best way to describe that is ... that's just who I am. ... I was trying to come off as just who my friends see me as. Every week after the show they were like 'Man, you know what, it was such like we were hanging out with you, we're there and that's exactly who you are.' It wasn't a secret weapon or anything. I wouldn't have done it to say something that I'm not. But at the same time I think it did help. I think it's kind of expected for a Southern guy to, you know, be the Southern gentleman. That's the way my parents raised me. I guess that's the way it came across. ... I think it all has to do with the way that you're raised. I remember my first date. My dad was standing out in the driveway and if I would have not opened the door for this girl to let her in and walked around and gotten in myself, I figure he would've probably whipped me right there on the spot. That's just the way I was raised. ... I think its just very courteous. I guess that's my dad. He's old school and that's just the way that he taught me to be. I think there's a lot of people around the world that still do that, whether you're from the South, North, East or West, I don't think it matters. I think it has to do with your upbringing and what you saw when you were younger.
There's things about every one of those guys that I like. I mean, they're all great guys. if I had to pick one I think that Chris L., in my opinion, is probably one of the better fits for Ali. That's my choice. Why? It took them a while to seem like they hit it off and to really connect just in conversation and stuff like that — now watching the show, of course, I didn't know that during the whole time. But after watching the show I'm like, you know what, they had really good chemistry, it looked like they had a good time together and you know I think they had a lot in common and I think his family ... was a little bit different than most everybody else. They just hit it off really well and she seemed to enjoy being around him a lot, after watching the show now. And that's probably who I would pick.
On Justin and Kasey
I don't really know a lot about Justin. Justin kind of stayed away from everybody. He didn't really hang out with the guys when we had times by ourselves at the house or in the hotel or wherever we were. I really don't have anything negative to say. I hate the way that he came across and the way that he went about things and the reason that he did this. I don't agree with that. He was never mean to me. We had our little spiff at first, in the first show, because I didn't agree with the way he was doing things, but after that we kind of started getting along and we were cordial, I guess you could say. But as far as Kasey goes, you know Kasey's a great guy. He was who he was. He wears his heart on his sleeve, obviously. But he did explain to us, he got this tattoo for other reasons, it just wasn't for Ali it was to remember this moment, and he was having such a great time and this, that and the other. And I made myself believe that that's why. And I can't wait to talk to these guys again. ... 'cause they're a great bunch of guys.
On whether he would want to be the next Bachelor
If they asked me to be the next Bachelor I would definitely consider it. I mean, I'm definitely ready to move on with my life. I don't have anybody. And would I consider it? I definitely would. It would be something that I think would be very exciting. After being on the show already I know that it's very difficult, and to see the things that Ali struggled with and the things that gave her moments of emotion, I think that it would be tough but it would be something that I would consider, for sure.