‘Bachelor’ Matt James and ex Rachael Kirkconnell are not back together
Rumors swirl that Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell are back together
‘Bachelor’ Matt James: I’m done dating after Rachael Kirkconnell racism drama
Matt James wipes Instagram clean after Rachael Kirkconnell split
Rachael Kirkconnell was spotted visiting “Bachelor” star Matt James’ Manhattan condo Wednesday amid rumors they are dating.
Kirkconnell, a Georgia-based graphic designer, seemed to have easy access to James’ home at One Manhattan Square, as a Page Six source said she appeared to have a key as she entered into the building without being buzzed.
A separate source said the former “Bachelor” contestant was seen exiting James’ place while he was out running errands in other parts of New York at around 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Paparazzi photos then captured the reality star going for a stroll in Chinatown, near James’ Lower East Side neighborhood, wearing a black tank top, casual gray sweats, white sneakers and a face mask. She was also seen holding an iced coffee.
Rumors first began swirling that Kirkconnell and James, 29, may be rekindling their relationship after a fan claimed to have spotted the pair walking together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Bachelor” spoiler king Reality Steve then fueled speculation by tweeting, “It’s been a while but here’s some news: Matt and Rachael? Yeah, they’re not over.”
Before news of Kirkconnell’s visit to James’ home broke, however, a source close to the pair had insisted that they were not back together because James was “not ready to throw himself into a relationship right now.”
The former couple met on Season 25 of “The Bachelor,” in which James was the lead and chose Kirkconnell in the final episode — although they did not get engaged.
The pair revealed in “After the Final Rose” that they had split while the show was airing after Kirkconnell received backlash over racially insensitive photos of her that resurfaced online.
James revealed that he called it quits with Kirkconnell because of the pictures, which were taken at an Antebellum-themed party in 2018.
Soon after the breakup, Kirkconnell shrared on Instagram that she was having a tough time, adding, “i truly believe he was the love of my life. he will always hold a piece of my heart.”
James said in March he was focusing on himself, saying, “I’m working on myself. I’m not going to be dating.”
A rep for James did not immediately return our request for comment.
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