Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell has been a frontrunner on season 25, which leaves fans wondering: Are Matt James and Rachael engaged? If so, are they still together amid her social media controversy, or are they both currently single? See finale spoilers about the reality TV couple below!
The leading man’s final two contestants are Rachael, 24, and Michelle Young, 27, according to Reality Steve. In the end, Matt, 29, chooses Rachael, but things get … confusing. The gossip outlet reports the season 25 couple did not get engaged during the finale. However, he noted rumors are circulating around the contestant’s hometown of Cumming, Georgia, saying the former football player did pop the question.
The current status of their relationship does not seem good. Reality Steve reported on February 22 the Bachelor Nation couple “have broken up.” Celebrity gossip Instagram Deuxmoi also received reports that Matt and Rachael have since split. However, another user claimed they were still together. Either way, their romance was most likely strained amid the graphic designer’s social media controversy.
Rachael came under fire when a TikTok user accused the contestant of mistreating her while they were in high school together. The user claimed Rachael “bullied” her for “liking Black guys.” Shortly after, another TikTok video alleged the reality starlet previously “liked” racist social media posts that included the Confederate flag.
Insensitive photos of Rachael then began surfacing that showed her attending an Old South antebellum-themed fraternity party and another picture of her wearing a Native American costume.
The Georgia native has since apologized for her past insensitive behavior. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or OK in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist,” part of her Instagram statement read on February 11.
On February 22, Matt released his own statement condemning the franchise for the “troubling information that has come to light” since filming wrapped. “This moment has sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions and resulted in inspiring displays of solidarity from The Bachelor nation,” he wrote via Instagram.
“It has also pushed me to reevaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor represents, not just for me, but for all of the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers at home,” his statement continued. “I will continue to process this experience, and you will hear more from me in the end. My greatest prayer is that this is an inflection point that results in real and institutional change for the better.”
Whether they are together or not, an insider told Life & Style Matt has been “supportive” of Rachael amid her drama. “He has to be careful what he says on social and to the media, but he definitely wants to protect her and will be there for her,” explained the insider.
When previously asked about the allegations surrounding his frontrunner, Matt chose to give a generic answer about the general “rumors” surrounding multiple contestants this season.
“I would say that you have to be really careful about what you are doing on social media,” the real estate analyst told Entertainment Tonight on February 2. “Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So, I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully, she will have her time to speak on that.”
Time will tell what the future holds for Matt and Rachael.