He and Tara got along so well that Channel Ten fired him to keep the show on track.
But despite him not receiving a rose (read: being sent packing), Derek says that he and Tara are still in touch.
“We’ve been in contact – I even messaged her yesterday and asked if I could take her out,” he told Woman's Day.
And even Tara has acknowledged Derek, saying: “We used to joke the D on my necklace stood for Derek the bartender!”
At least this means that if Matty does indeed pick rumoured frontrunner Laura, Tara won't be left heartbroken, because seriously, we couldn't handle watching that.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.