James, a 29-year-old bartender from Chicago, was sent home in Episode 3 of The Bachelor's nineteenth season. She later appeared on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise, during which she stirred up short-lived but steamy romances with Dan Cox and Justin Reich. However, she left the show alone and without a rose.
Once Higgins was announced as the next star of The Bachelor back in late August, Tilley took to Twitter to publicly express her interest.
"Ben H is what most 26 yr old virgins named Becca are looking for," she tweeted August 24.
Tilley memorably finished as Soules' runner-up behind his now ex-fiancee Whitney Bischoff, but she wasn't exactly broken up about it.
Many fans believed Soules was truly in love with Tilley -- a proud virgin from San Diego -- but because she wasn't ready to proclaim her love, move to Iowa and settle down immediately after the show, he picked Bischoff instead. Bischoff was thrilled and more than willing to do all of the above.
Tilley told Reality TV World in March that it would've been "a disservice" to just tell the farmer from Arlington "what he wanted to hear."
"My whole thing was, 'Let's just see where it goes,' but at the same time, I know that he didn't come on the show to find a girlfriend. He came on the show to find a wife. And I knew I wasn't at that point in the timeframe that we had together," she told Reality TV World at the time.