Honestly, Tia Probably Would Have Been The Bachelorette If Becca Wasn’t

THE BACHELOR - The Bachelor: The Women Tell All - Arie Luyendyk Jr.s search for love has taken him from Los Angeles to Peru. Along the way there have been highs and lows - and then there was Krystal, one of the most controversial bachelorettes of the group. Now, 18 of the most unforgettable women this season are back to confront Arie and tell their side of the story and how difficult it was to date a Bachelor who was falling for multiple women. Krystal attempts to defend her behavior, but a never- seen clip from the bowling alley date reveals her calling out the women and Arie with shocking words. Bekah M. admonishes Tia for going behind her back to Arie about her age. Look back at some of the most memorable moments in The Bachelor: The Women Tell All history. Then, take a sneak peek at the dramatic conclusion to Aries search for love, on The Bachelor: The Women Tell All, SUNDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Paul Hebert)TIA

Bachelor Nation was already obsessed with Tia Booth when she made it to Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s final four on The Bachelor. So when she was sent home after her hometown date, she seemed like the only choice as the next Bachelorette. But that reality washed away after current Bachelorette Becca Kufrin experienced a disaster of a finale.

Now, to be fair, ABC doesn’t put out a runner’s-up list of the women who could have been the leading lady if the first choice fell through. But if it wasn’t Becca, it would have most likely been either Tia or Kendall Long (obviously, we knew Lauren Burnham couldn’t be). And Tia really won over fans with her sweet Southern accent, so our money was on her.

Tia and Becca are actually really good friends . . . and have the same taste in men. It was revealed that one of the men fighting for Becca’s heart, Colton Underwood, dated Tia for a short time. When we say “dated,” we mean that the furthest they’ve gone is kissing. Colton is a virgin — not necessarily waiting for marriage, just waiting for the right person.

“We started talking before my season started airing,” Tia told People. “Colton was in the casting process for The Bachelorette, and he followed me on Instagram.” She admitted that she DM’d Colton first, and he told her that he applied for the show within a few days. Things came a halt when he found out that he was chosen for the upcoming season.

Understandably so, Becca was concerned that Colton came on the show hoping Tia was The Bachelorette. But the week after Colton told Becca about his history with Tia, she gave him a rose on a group date. So it looks like she’s past it . . . for now.

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