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Matt James Speaks Out About Chris Harrison Controversy, Reveals Whether He'd Reconcile with Rachael Kirkconnell

Matt James Speaks Out About Chris Harrison Controversy, Reveals Whether He'd Reconcile with Rachael Kirkconnell

Matt James is opening up about his split from Rachael Kirkconnell.

During an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Friday, the former Bachelor discussed a possible reconciliation with Rachael.

“I don’t think that anyone’s irredeemable,” Matt said of getting back together with Rachael after their split.

“And, I think that for Rachael, there’s a lot that we didn’t discuss that we probably should’ve talked about. I probably should’ve asked more clarifying questions. And I’m giving her that space to do that,” he added.

Matt also revealed that he found out about Rachael‘s offensive photos the same way Bachelor Nation did – through social media.

“The tough thing is having to explain to America why those pictures are problematic to me,” Matt said. “You hear people harping on forgiveness and I forgave her when she told me. That doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed and that I don’t want her to do better.”

Matt also said he’s going to take some time to focus on himself and didn’t have plans to get into another relationship anytime soon.

“In the meantime, I’m working on myself. I’m not going to be dating,” he shared. “I’m just solely focused on getting back into that meaningful work in the community and centering myself around projects that are going to elevate all the work that I’ve been working on doing in the city and special interest things that I appreciate outside of reality television.”

Matt also discussed Chris Harrison‘s controversial interview with Rachel Lindsay.

“As I watched that interview with Chris and Rachel, I thought I was in an alternate reality. It didn’t even seem real as it’s coming out,” Matt said. “It was sad. It was sad to hear that because I had so many conversations [with him] about how I was feeling, what I was going through in that crazy process that I was in, and it’s hard to imagine that he could really sympathize with what I was feeling.”

Chris has outlined in his statement that he’s committed to putting in the work, he’s taking a step back, so I respect that. I hope that he does,” he continued. “I don’t think that anybody should be trying to cancel him. We should be calling him in to do that work that he’s outlined that he wants to do. I look forward to seeing him do that.”

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