Bachelor Matt James SLAMS ex Rachael Kirkconnell's 'ignorance' in racism scandal but thinks she's 'capable' of change

Bachelor Matt James SLAMS ex Rachael Kirkconnell's 'ignorance' in racism scandal but thinks she's 'capable' of change

March 16, 2021

THE Bachelor’s Matt James admitted he wanted to have a future with ex Rachael Kirkconnel but realized that couldn’t happen because of her “ignorance.”

The 29-year-old picked her at the end of his season, but the two broke up once her racism scandal hit and he realized how “problematic” she was.

While appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Matt explained his decision to end his relationship with Rachael, his feelings about her racially-insensitive photos, and what it was like seeing her at the After the Final Rose.

He told GMA’s Michael Strahan: ”It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt the weight of everything that I was carrying throughout the season and with what we were dealing with as a country. 

“And having to explain that, why I think it's problematic to me and our relationship, which was extremely difficult."

While the season was airing, photos of Rachael resurfaced that showed her attending an “Antebellum” plantation party, with deep ties to the Confederacy, in 2018. 

The Bachelor leading man told ATFR host Emmanuel Acho: “We’re not [together]. It’s heartbreaking.

"If you don’t understand that something like that is problematic in 2018, there’s a lot of me that you won’t understand. It’s as simple as that. … You know what was a long time ago? Plantations.”

He added during GMA that though Rachael has apologized and said she's determined to educate herself further on why her past choices were so problematic, he thinks she needs to do it alone, not as a couple.

Matt continued: "When you find out the things I did, it deters you from that ultimate goal because, like I stated during After the Final Rose, there's just things that you might not understand what it means to be with someone like me."

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