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The Bachelor update: Matt James is ‘pursuing’ relationship with Rachael Kirkconnell

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are trying to rekindle their romance.
Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are trying to rekindle their romance. Pic credit: ABC

The Bachelor’s Matt James has confirmed that he and his ex-girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell are giving their relationship another shot.

After Matt chose Rachael to be the winner of his season, they had a very public breakup when her controversial past caused him to question his feelings.

Ever since, fans have been wondering if the couple would ever be able to look past their issues.

After being spotted out together many times in the past few weeks, the former Bachelor is opening up about what has been going down between them.

Matt James committed to working on relationship with Rachael

James finally explained the current status of their relationship to People Magazine.

“I’ve seen Rachael a handful of times,” Matt admitted. The couple had a secret rendezvous in New York City earlier this month and were most recently seen sneaking around Los Angeles.

“I’m not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that. I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it,” he continued.

Matt is going back to his season's winner.
Matt is going back to his season’s winner. Pic credit: ABC

In the past, Matt has been criticized for stringing Rachael along; he was called out for hooking up with other women when he invited her to New York. Reportedly, Kirkconnell was extremely upset by this.

But now Matt says he is putting his full attention and effort towards her.

Has Matt forgiven Rachael?

Fans remember when photos resurfaced of Kirkconnell at a plantation-themed party, and Bachelor Nation was flipped upside down. Matt broke things off with the 24-year-old because he felt that she needed to work on having a better understanding of what exactly she did wrong.

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Rachael has continually defended James amongst the backlash he got from social media, and she has promised to educate herself on racial sensitivity.

The two confirmed their breakup at the After the Final Rose special in March.
The two confirmed their breakup at the After the Final Rose special in March. Pic credit: ABC

Matt also expressed to People that he was trying to move on and find the positive out of what was a dark situation.

“Just being at the center of meaningful conversations, that’s what I’m looking to do,” he shared. “I really enjoyed the conversations I had over the past few months and I think it’d be a lot of fun to be a voice on important issues. That’s where I see my future and where I’m pursuing opportunities.”

So maybe these important conversations can continue to help rebuild their relationship.

Supporters of the couple ask, Will Matt and Rachael ever find their happily ever after?

The Bachelor is currently on hiatus.

Stephanie Sala is a freelance writer who is absolutely obsessed more

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  1. Matt should go back and look at interview when he was reciting ‘prepared’ responses about how Rachael has to go through this ‘education’ process on her own… WHAT? Did Matt notice how Rachael was comforting him, giving him unconditional and committed love and support for what he was feeling? He’d be soooooo fortunate to have a woman in his life that would be so committed, which is more than I can say for him… ? Who better to help his loved one learn than the man who supposedly loves her ? ? What kind of father will he be if at the first ‘cancel culture moment his children have to face he bails and says “figure it out on your own” !? And what about Matt’s self-education about who he is as an individual, let alone a black man? If he wasn’t secure enough to face this ‘cancel culture’ mentality we live in, what is he doing on national television looking for a life-mate? When will Matt apologize to Rachael for his lack of commitment, maturity and strength of support for someone you claim to love to stand up to media scrutiny? Rachael, if Matt can’t apologize for throwing you under the bus… keep your options open as you need a man to be a husband and father, not a boy to mother. Matt’s a likeable guy, In the end, all the haters and speculators aren’t going to be there for you in ‘real life’, Why let them dictate now?


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