Tyler, a 25-year-old small business owner from Wildwood, NJ, appeared on a recent episode of the "Click Bait with Bachelor Nation" podcast co-hosted by Joe Amabile, Tia Booth and Natasha Parker, and he shared a "really funny story" about his The Bachelorette casting.
But Tyler said when he and Rachel enjoyed some one-on-one time on the show, he did inform her about the DM he had sent before filming began.
"And she was like, 'Well, I've got to look back and see if that's actually true!'" Tyler recalled. "And I was like, 'I'm telling you, it's true.'"
Tyler confirmed that's why The Bachelorette's latest episode showed him reiterating to Rachel how he went on the show for her, and only her.
"I never actually had the conversation with her prior because I wanted to get to know her. I knew her from the show side, obviously, but you don't know what they're going to be like when you meet them in person," Tyler pointed out.
"And I just thought she was incredible. So I was like, 'You know what? I'll tell her.'"
Tyler admitted there was no part of him that wanted to pursue a potential romance with Gabby on the show.
"I was 100 percent in on Rachel once I got there," Tyler insisted. "I really wanted to get to know her... and pursue Rachel. But obviously, Gabby was another amazing woman on her season, and she seemed funny and so genuine."
Tyler therefore concluded, "Obviously I wanted to have a conversation with her at some point."
On Monday night's The Bachelorette episode, Tyler cried when reading a letter he had written to Rachel during a group date, and so she invited him to spend some time alone with her that evening.
Tyler shared how he had been fully ready to commit to an ex-girlfriend and bought them a house, only to get unexpectedly dumped.
Tyler said he couldn't wait to feel and give unconditional love again, and Rachel liked how Tyler seemed ready and willing to love with all of his heart, even if it meant getting it broken.
Tyler also told Rachel he'd have no problem cooking and cleaning at home while Rachel worked as a pilot. He said he wanted to be a woman's rock one day and that Rachel was the only person he saw every time she walked into the room.
Rachel became excited about the man who was unafraid of love, and she gave Tyler a rose and said she truly felt a connection with him.