“We continued to hang out back in San Diego. He’s essentially my neighbor, living down the street. We’ve just grown super, super close. And to find out that we were both going to be on Paradise together, it’s just a relationship that’s grown stronger as each day passes. That’s going to be a friend for life. I see him almost every other day. And Aaron, if you’re listening, I appreciate our friendship. I love you, man.”
James also reminded fans that he left Katie’s season of The Bachelorette the same way he did on Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 — together with Aaron.
“That’s my guy. He’s a brother for life,” James said of Aaron. “We met on Katie’s season of The Bachelorette. We left the same night. Got eliminated at the same rose ceremony on Katie’s season.”
Then toward the end of the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast episode, James joked that he and Aaron were the “strongest couple in Paradise.”