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'Bachelor' Couple Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnell Are Together Again

It looks like Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are giving it another go.

The 29-year-old Bachelor alum reunited with the winner of Season 25, Page Six reported on Wednesday (May 5).

“They are back together, but Matt is hesitant to publicly and outrightly confirm it right now because it’s still fresh and they still have issues to work through,” a source told the outlet.

Rachael already faced scrutiny for her past, and now all eyes have shifted to Matt, so he’s feeling pressure to set a good example for other black men. He’s aware that people are not going to be happy that he jumped back into a relationship with Rachael so soon. So while he is happy to have her in his life again, he is not ready to scream it from the rooftops yet.”

Rachael confirmed that they are together in a WSJ Magazine profile published on the same day, while Matt said they are “trying to make it work.”

He also said that when it comes to romance, he’s aiming to “have critical conversations about being in this relationship and what I need in a partner — especially if that woman isn’t black — to understand what comes with me and my life and being black.”

“It’s on people who care about being allies to do the work to be truly antiracist. And I think it’s unfair to leave people without the ability to unlearn and be better,” he added.

For those who didn’t know, after the season had wrapped, photos from Rachael‘s past surfaced and showed that she had attended an Antebellum party in 2018. At first, Matt was sticking by her side, but he couldn’t continue their relationship after Rachael expressed that she didn’t understand why people were offended by the images.

Since that time, Matt and Rachael were seen together, and another report emerged that they weren’t back together and were just friends. Find out what Matt James said about the status of their relationship at the end of April.

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Matt James Finally Clarifies What Is Going On with Rachael Kirkconnell & If They're Together or Not

Matt James and the woman he gave his final rose to on The Bachelor, Rachael Kirkconnell, have been the subject of a ton of rumors lately.

If you need some backstory: after the season had wrapped, photos from Rachael‘s past surfaced and showed that she had attended an Antebellum party in 2018. At first, Matt was sticking by her side, but he couldn’t continue their relationship after Rachael expressed that she didn’t understand why people were offended by the images.

Matt said that he ended their relationship so Rachael can take time to grow as a person, but that he couldn’t be with her while she does that.

Since that time, Matt and Rachael were seen together, and another report emerged that they weren’t back together and were just friends.

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'The Bachelor' Star Matt James & Ex Rachael Kirkconnell Are 'Just Friends' After Being Spotted Together

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are not back together.

Recently, fans started speculation that the Matt, 29, and Rachael, 24, were dating again after a fan spotted them out together in New York.

Now a source close to Matt has shared a statement that he and Rachael “are just friends.”

“They are not together. He supports her as a friend. He is not looking for a relationship,” the source told People. “Matt is focused on engaging in meaningful projects in the community at this time.”

As Bachelor fans can remember, Rachael won Matt‘s season of the hit ABC romance series and dated for a while after filming ended, but they broke up after photos of Rachael attending an antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018 resurfaced online.

Rachael
has since apologized for her scandal, saying that she is “learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist.”

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Matt James Shaves Beard After Playful Teasing From 'Bachelor' Fans on Social Media

Matt James shaved his beard!

The 29-year-old star of The Bachelor revealed that he shaved down his beard on his Instagram Story on Thursday (April 1).

After weeks of playfully being trolled by Bachelor Nation fans on social media, he decided to go clean-shaven with some short stubble.

“It was time,” he wrote under the photo of himself, “[peace sign emoji] beard.”

He first debuted the full beard during the Women Tell All episode at the start of March, with many playfully suggesting his longer beard was a sign of single status.

“Nothing says I’m not in a proper relationship like this Matt James beard,” one popular tweet read at the time.

Matt James’ beard SCREAMS single,” wrote another.

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Matt James Reactivates His Instagram with One Major Change

Matt James has officially made his Instagram active, but fans realized one major change: it appears as if he deleted all of his Bachelor posts from his page.

If you don’t know, Matt was the star of the hit reality show this past season but the winner of his season, was embroiled in controversy.

Rachael Kirkconnell was given the final rose, but as the show aired, she was found to have a past.

After they finished filming the season, photos from Rachael‘s past surfaced and showed how she had attended a plantation party and also liked racially insensitive posts on social media. The controversy blew up after the show’s host Chris Harrison defended Rachael during an interview and dismissed that racism was an issue in the situation.

You can find out if Matt and Rachael are still together right here.

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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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'The Bachelor' Finale Spoilers: Matt James Explains Why He Broke Up with Rachael Kirkconnell

The latest season of The Bachelor had a shocking conclusion and now Matt James is opening up to explain why it had to end the way it did.

Matt gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell, but decided not to propose because he didn’t feel he was ready to take that step in their relationship.

After the season had wrapped, photos from Rachael‘s past surfaced and showed that she had attended an Antebellum party in 2018. At first, Matt was sticking by her side, but he couldn’t continue their relationship after Rachael expressed that she didn’t understand why people were offended by the images.

“It was as tough as you can imagine, and it’s heartbreaking,” Matt told After the Final Rose host Emmanuel Acho. “If you don’t understand why something like that is problematic in 2018, there’s a lot of me that you won’t understand. It’s as simple as that. … And I wasn’t okay, because it was in that moment and the conversation that I had that Rachael might not understand what it means to be Black in America.”

Matt said that he ended their relationship so Rachael can take time to grow as a person, but that he couldn’t be with her while she does that.

“As Rachael acknowledged in her apology, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. I have to take a step back and allow her to put in that work,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to seeing her put in that work.”

Later on in the episode, Matt and Rachael came face-to-face for the first time since their breakup.

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