Matt and His Mom Are Very Close
Matt, 29, was raised by his mom, Patty James, a single mother. He called her his “inspiration” during an interview with Wake Forest Magazine, a publication produced by his alma mater. He regularly posts photos of and with his parent on his Instagram, so it appears they have a special bond.
When he announced the news he would lead season 25 of the ABC dating series on Good Morning America, he made sure to mention his mama. “She’s going to be excited,” he gushed in June 2020.
Later that month, Matt revealed how excited his mother was for his Bachelor Nation journey to begin — and all the grandchildren it would hopefully bring. “I think the grandkid counter for my mom started when the announcement was made,” Matt told host Chris Harrison during The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! specials, adding she’d love “a basketball team” of kiddos running around someday soon.
Matt’s best friend and roommate, Tyler Cameron, explained during the special that Matt’s ideal woman would share a lot of qualities with his mom. “You’re going to look for someone who resembles his mother. His mother is one of the sweetest ladies: Very lovely, very willing to help and serve others in the community and someone that’s ready to get on the ground and change the world,” the former Bachelorette contestant revealed. “That’s what Matt’s going to do — he’s going to change the world.”
Matt Reconciled With His Father During Episode 10
The ABC Food Tours founder sat down with his estranged dad, Manny James, to make amends during episode 10 on March 8. The pair’s conversation was emotional — and addressed Manny cheating on Matt’s mom — but ended on an uplifting note.
“I want to have a relationship with you going forward and in order to have that you have to understand where I’m at,” Matt told his dad. “It had to get to this point. Whatever I can do to make it better, I’ll work on it. I want you to be happy,” Manny replied. “I want you to have a relationship that’s healthy and not what I went through.”
Matt Has a Brother Named John
Very little is known about Matt’s older brother, as he’s remained out of the spotlight thus far.