That Tyler Johnson is starting to sound like a character from a romance novel. Or maybe Season 8 Bachelorette Emily Maynard conjured her new fiancé from a spell, since every other attempt didn’t work.
Em got engaged for the fourth time earlier this month, but she just wrote about it for the first time in a blog post cheekily titled “You Heard It Here Last.” She knows all the “Debbie Downers” will be thinking again?! but she promises this is the real deal. Part of her confidence comes from knowing Tyler for so long, despite only dating him for a little over a year, after things went kaput with her Bachelorette fiancé Jef Holm.
We already knew Em met Tyler through her church, but she shared more adorable details in her blog. “I used to teach a jewelry making class at a middle school that my church adopted and Tyler was one of the coordinators of the program,” she explains. “Well, every Thursday I could count on him to come help me carry all of my beads out to my car at the end of class. The only problem was he was so good looking that I could barely make eye contact with him, much less have a normal conversation.”
Aww! And wow — we know it takes a lot to throw off our girl, and this sounds like attraction at first sight, if not love. She added that she prides herself on being able to have an interesting conversation with anyone or anything (including “a wall”), “but for some reason I was so intimidated by him and the fact that he showed me no interest at all just made it that much worse!”
So he played hard to get. Smart man! This went down before she started dating 25 guys on The Bachelorette, but this gorgeous gal must’ve been so used to male attention that a guy who didn’t flirt with her was a unique challenge.
“Fast forward a few years (and a few attempts to find love on tv) to our first date,” she continued, “and we've been inseparable ever since! I'm so grateful to God for bringing him into our life because he's been the biggest blessing to Ricki and I both.”
She previously joked (maybe) that Ricki loves Tyler even more than she likes her own mom. Tyler proposed to both Em and Ricki on January 4, after cooking them breakfast. We would’ve settled just for breakfast, but he even got them both rings. The man is a marvel. Check out a close-up of Emily’s many sparklers at her blog.
Tyler sounds like a keeper, no? Do you think he was always in the back of her mind when she taped the ABC show?