The Season 8 Bachelorette has done her best to stay out of the spotlight since breaking off her engagement with 2012 winner, Jef Holm, over a year ago. So unless you frequently follow reality star news, you might not have even know she and Tyler had started dating.
As it turns out, Emily and fellow Charlotte, North Carolina resident Tyler have known each other for a while. And they met at church, which is pretty much the opposite of meeting at Bachelor Mansion. So while Tyler’s private nature means we don’t know all the details of their love story, there are plenty of things we do know. Here’s a look back over Tyler and Em’s relationship so far.
Sometime Before Either September 2010 or March 2012
Emily says she and Tyler met in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, before she went on “the show.” The thing is, we’re not sure if she’s talking about the The Bachelor, which she started filming in September 2010, or The Bachelorette, which she began shooting in March 2012. Either way, Em and Tyler lived in the same city and attended the same church, but didn’t ever date.
July 10, 2013
Nine months after calling off her engagement with Bachelorette Season 8 winner Jef Holm, Emily confirms on a local Charlotte TV station that she is seeing someone. However, the exact words used are “you’ve been cozy,” not “dating.” Emily says, “I have, yeah, but I've known him for a long time. I met him far before I did the show.” We learn that the relationship has been going on for several months.
August 26, 2013
Emily tells the Huffington Post that she’s “under no pressure to find a guy.” She elaborates, saying, “I'm figuring it out on my own. But I will say this: When I do find him, this man will be the best, because he'll be someone who adds something pretty spectacular to our lives.” Did she and Tyler break up? Or had they just not decided to make their relationship official yet? Remember, she still hadn’t used the word “dating” to describe their relationship yet...
October 4, 2013
Emily confirms to Ryan Seacrest that she’s “been dating” someone. She won’t say who, but she says she’s known him for a long time. “He has never watched the show, he could not care less,” she says. “I think he’s kind of embarrassed by it actually.” Blasphemy!
Emily tells Life & Style that her relationship with this mystery guy is going well. She says they might get married, “Maybe one day,” but she doesn’t want to jinx anything. Oh, but she definitely wants to have more kids. More play pals for Rick!
November 14, 2013
Finally, we have a name... and a face! In Touch reveals that Emily’s mystery guy is Charlotte-based “philanthropist” Tyler Johnson. He’s super cute, but we can’t help thinking that this guy looks like some sort of genetic hybrid of Jake Pavelka and Ryan Bowers. And what’s this “philanthropist” business about?
November 20, 2013
A source tells Wetpaint Entertainment exclusively that Emily and Tyler have “gotten really serious.” Also, Em’s new man is nothing like her ex, Jef. “They’re like night and day,” the source says. “Tyler has no interest in the spotlight. And so far, he’s not having cold feet about commitment. He and Emily are just really happy together.” Burn?
December 31, 2013
Her secret relationship is a secret no longer! Emily publically introduces her boyfriend to the world on Instagram, posting her very first photo of Tyler on New Year’s Eve. “it's going to be a good year :)” she writes.
January 7, 2014
Emily and Tyler announce their engagement! Us Weekly and E! report that he popped the question on January 4, just a coupla days after Emily posted their cute couple photo and made her prediction. Before proposing, Tyler asked permission from both Em’s father and from Ricki’s paternal grandparents. He then proposed — with five diamond-studded bands — and gave rings to both Emily and Ricki. “It was so sweet!” Emily tells Us Weekly, “Ricki loves him more than she likes me!"
What’s next? Well, Em told Us that she’s hoping to get married “sooner rather than later. No point in waiting!" Consider us in full-on wedding planning mode!