THE Bachelorette’s Tyler Cameron has revealed the real reason behind his fear of horses and the phobia he tried to overcome in the Special Forces in an exclusive interview with The US Sun.
Tyler, 30, joined 13 other celebrities in the second season of “Special Forces: The World’s Toughest Test” in the mountains of New Zealand, where the cast are forced to battle the freezing temperatures and undergo special forces training themselves to challenge.
“It was freezing cold. I thought it wouldn’t be that hard, you know, it’s just TV and after watching the season before, I was wrong,” Tyler told US Sun in an exclusive interview.
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
The TV personality described living outside in a tent in cold weather as “exhausting” and something he was unprepared for.
Tyler shared, “They called me a week and a half before the show, so I didn’t have much time to prepare for it.”
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“But mentally I was reading David Goggin’s book (Never Finished). I was just trying to get any advice I could about mental toughness and preparing for Hell Week and stuff like that.”
He also sought advice from Hannah Brown, the lead of his season of The Bachelorette and also the winner of last season’s Special Forces.
The Alabama native informed Tyler about “how brutal it was” and that it was “the hardest thing she’s ever done.”
One of the reasons contestants go on the show is to overcome their fears. One major fear that Tyler has openly expressed during his journey on The Bachelorette is his fear of horses.
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During season 15 of the dating show, fans watched Hannah and Tyler ride horses as part of their one-on-one date.
The Florida native later called it a “nightmare” date because he was “freaking out the whole time” because his legs were “shaking.”
In his interview with The US Sun, he revealed how his fear came about.
“One of my really good friends got kicked in the face by a horse when he was a kid,” Tyler said. “And after that I never wanted to be near a horse again.”
Although special forces training in New Zealand did not involve horses, he had the opportunity to work on his fear of heights.
“I guess I’ve never been on anything big before and that stuff scared me,” Tyler explained. “I would say I’m still afraid of them, but [the directing staff] I definitely felt uncomfortable.”
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The Real Dirty Dancing alum spilled the tea about his relationships with some of his castmates.
Nick Viall: “Me and Nick became close. [We] weren’t very close before.
“It was definitely a bit of a competitive advantage because at the end there has to be a bachelor.”
JoJo Siwa: “JoJo was great. Me and her are super close now. My perception of her before was like the big bow and all the crazy outfits and colors.”
“I thought she would be a little small [Los Angeles] Superstar diva and she was amazing.
He continued: “She was strong, damn it. She was a leader, just her composure and everything. She was so important to everyone’s success on the show.”
Erin Jackson: “We slept next to each other, always talked and looked after each other. She was fantastic too.”
Blac Chyna: “I loved her. She was great. I always looked after her. She has done an incredible job.”
Brian Austin Green: “We didn’t really get along, but I enjoyed being with him.”
Tom Sandoval: “He always got us into trouble, but he was always fun to be around. He brought a whole different element to the whole thing and he’s definitely different and special.”
Savannah Chrisley: “She’s someone else who I got to know a little bit but didn’t really learn much about.”
Each celebrity participates in the Special Forces training program until they decide to leave or become injured.
Although he couldn’t spoil the ending, Tyler told The US Sun that there were “a lot of dark days” and he didn’t know if he could move on.
However, he was “very pleased” with how long he lasted and said he, like the rest of the cast, was a changed person at the end.
“It made me more motivated, regimented, disciplined, etc.,” Tyler said.
“The theme of the show was simple, I wanted to challenge myself but also get away for a bit.
“I was exhausted from working in South Florida and the hot summer.”
He concluded, “I like, ‘Oh, this will be a nice little vacation.’ It was much more difficult than any vacation I’ve ever taken [experienced].
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So it wasn’t really the holiday I was looking for, but it was fantastic.”
The second season of “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test” premieres Monday, September 25 at 9/8c on Fox.