Well, hello there, Tyler! It seems like Emily Maynard is keeping coy about her secret boyfriend no longer!
The Season 8 Bachelorette posted the pic of herself in the New Year’s Eve spirit alongside boyfriend Tyler Johnson, and it’s the first we’ve ever seen of them together! “It’s going to be a good year :)” Em captioned the adorable Instagram shot.
Rumors about Emily’s love life have been making the rounds ever since she broke up with her Bachelorette fiancé Jef Holm back in October 2012. This past July, Emily kicked them into high gear when she admitted to a local NBC affiliate that she was dating someone from church.
“I have, yeah, but I’ve known him for a long time. I met him far before I did the show,” she said about the mystery guy, who turned out to be car dealership consultant, Tyler. At the time, they had been hanging out together for several months. But still, the Instagram-happy Emily had never posted a shot of him, identified him, or even tagged him in a Twitter or ‘gram. So, this new picture certainly does mark a new year for her!
We don’t know a lot about him yet, though a source close to the gorgeous Bachelorette confirms that things have gotten serious and, most importantly, that he’s nothing like Jef Holm. “They’re like night and day,” the source told Wetpaint Entertainment about Em’s old and new loves. “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.”
Happy New Year to Emily and Tyler. (Emiler? Tyly?) Will this be the year Em gets engaged and walks down the aisle? We think it’s about time she gets her happy ending!