It’s the twist we never expected. After Heather Martin crashed The Bachelor 2021, fans want to know if she’s still single after Matt James sent her home in less than five-ish hours. (For those who don’t remember her, Heather was a contestant on season 13 of The Bachelor with Colton Underwood.)
The Bachelor season 25 premiered on January 4, 2021. The episode saw Matt James, a 29-year-old real estate agent from Raleigh, North Carolina, meet 32 women (one of whom may be his future wife). But that’s not all the women that Matt will meet this season. At the end of the first episode, ABC included a promo for the rest of Matt’s season, which showed none other than Heather Martin as one of his contestants. In the promo, Heather shows up at the Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania (where Matt’s season filmed) ready to meet the man of her dreams. “Heather, what are you doing here? You could honestly destroy this whole thing for Matt,” Chris tells Heather when she pulls up to the resort in a white SUV.
Another scene shows Matt looking surprised as Heather walks into a room in a white evening gown. “I feel like I’m in a dream right now,” Matt says. After that, we see rest of Matt’s contestants crowd around a bar as they disapprove of Heather’s arrival. “You already had your fucking shot. Go home,” one of the contestants says. The saga ends with Heather crying as she walks away from the other women. “This is an impossible situation, but still, I do feel like Matt’s worth it,” she says in a confessional.
After much anticipation, Heather made her grand appearance on The Bachelor season 25 on the Monday, February 8, episode. But what happened to her and is she still single? Read on for The Bachelor 2021 spoilers about Heather Martin.
Who is Heather Martin?
Heather, a 25-year-old from San Diego, California, is a former contestant from The Bachelor season 23 with Colton Underwood in 2019. Unlike the other contestants, Heather’s occupation was listed as “Never Been Kissed.” In her Bachelor package, Heather revealed that she was a virgin and had never been kissed. One of those things changed before the end of the season. In her one-on-one date with Colton, Heather is kissed for the first time under a burst of fireworks in the night sky. In week 7, Heather eliminates herself from The Bachelor after realizing that her connection with Colton wasn’t where it should be to invite him to Hometown Dates.
Heather is also the best friend of season 15 Bachelorette Hannah Brown (who is eliminated by Colton right before her.) Hannah is also a close friend of Matt, as Matt’s best friend and roommate, Tyler Cameron, was the runner-up on Hannah’s Bachelorette season. According to Reality Steve, Hannah may have been the one to introduce Matt and Heather, or at plant the seed in Heather’s head to try out for Matt’s season.
In an interview on “The Bachelor Recap” podcast in January 2021, ABC Entertainment Executive Rob Mills revealed that Heather had been crushing on Matt for a while. “She felt for sure this was her husband and basically did anything she could to get there and track him down,” he said.
Does Heather win The Bachelor?
So, after all this, does Heather win The Bachelor? Sorry to say it, Heather fans, but she doesn’t even make it through the night. Heather is eliminated by Matt a few hours after she crashes his season. After a conversation with her, Matt tells Heather that they don’t have enough time to develop a relationship, given that filming was only one week away from Hometown Dates at that time. Matt then walks Heather out and she drives away from the Bachelor set in her white van.
As for who wins (spoilers ahead!), Matt’s winner is Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old from Cumming, Georgia, according to Reality Steve. Reality Steve also reports that Rachael and Matt are still together, but they’re not engaged, as he didn’t propose to her. For more detailed spoilers about Matt’s winner, click here.
Is Heather still single after The Bachelor?
So is Heather still single? In an Instagram post after her elimination aired, Heather opened up about what she learned from her experience on Matt’s season. “Life is a little crazy and it sometimes takes you down paths you could have never dreamt up or imagined,” she wrote. “This part of my life is definitely one of those times and all I know is that if I had listened to fear, I would have never gotten to experience something that I am truly grateful for.”
She continued, “Fear has held me back from so many things in life. It has stopped me from going after what I want and the things I felt called to…. BUT that is something I will no longer let control me. I am actively working on facing my fears each day and not letting the worry about what other people may think of me stop me from anything. In life there are no guarantees and just because you want something or think something is right, does not mean it will always work out. But I know one thing for sure…. if you never face your fears and just go for it, the answer will always be no. So this year I am continuing to face my fears each and every day without regrets.”
Further in her post, Heather hinted that she is still single but has trust that the universe will lead her to love this year. “It took me coming to a point where I had full, wholehearted trust that God has a plan and he will use everything for good,” she wrote. “So instead of shrinking back in fear, I want to always step out in faith (even when I’m terrified) and be part of that plan. And I know not everything will work out and some doors will be closed, but by taking chances and facing my fears head on, I will be able to live a life without regret, knowing I fully embraced life and everything it had to offer without letting anything pass me by.”
Heather ended her post by telling her followers that she’s not afraid of heartbreak and is ready to take more risks to find love. “I may get my heart broken or face some disappointments along the way, but hey that’s life and I will gladly take those disappointments knowing that I am not letting fear run my life,” she wrote. “I am living in faith not in fear and learning that when something scares me, instead of running away I am going to… ✨DO IT AFRAID✨”