Is all of the drama on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor entertaining? Absolutely! However, sometimes it’s just easier to enjoy when you already know what’s going to happen. Thankfully, popular TV blogger Reality Steve has provided major spoilers about the leading man’s final two contestants and even who Matt ends up with. To learn more, keep reading.
Who was in Matt James’ final four?
All of the contestants were lucky enough to experience hometown dates with Matt, as well … sort of, anyway. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hometown dates on The Bachelor were conducted the same way as Tayshia Adams‘ season of The Bachelorette, meaning the families traveled to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.
Who’s in Matt James’ final two?
Sadly, after hometown dates, Serena sent herself home. Later, following overnight dates, Bri gets eliminated. In the end, Matt will choose between Michelle and Rachael. While Rachael started her journey on The Bachelor in episode 1, which premiered on January 4, Michelle came in during episode 5.
“We got a record number of submissions. We couldn’t fit everyone in night one, and we had some really interesting girls,” ABC executive Robert Mills told Variety of the network’s decision to bring in more contestants. “These were women that we had already met with. It was decided pretty much before filming began [that they would join later]. It was good to throw them in the mix. It wasn’t just to shake things up.”
Who does Matt James end up with?
“Matt chose Rachael and is still with her,” Reality Steve reported prior to Rachael’s racism scandal. That said, the status of their relationship has changed dramatically since then. “Matt and Rachael are no longer together,” a source exclusively told Life & Style on February 23.
“Matt broke up with Rachael mainly due to the backlash. At the end of the day, he cared more about protecting himself, supporting his friend Rachel Lindsay and speaking out against the franchise,” the insider added. “Rachael can’t wait until she can finally share her side of the story once the finale airs.”
Shortly after The Bachelor premiered, allegations against Rachael of past racist behavior began to surface on the internet. Most notably, photos of the Cumming, Georgia, native attending an “Old South” plantation party at Georgia College & State University in 2018 went viral. All of the women at the event wore Antebellum-style dresses.
On February 11, Rachael issued a lengthy apology. “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,” she wrote on Instagram. “They are not acceptable or OK in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it. And this is, again, where we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion,” Chris said during the virtual interview. “Because I’ve seen some stuff online — again this judge-jury-executioner thing — where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents and her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this. I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. And until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”
When Rachel, who was the first-ever Black Bachelorette in season 13, suggested attending an “Old South” party “isn’t a good look,” Chris replied, “You’re 100 percent right in 2021. That was not the case in 2018. And again, I’m not defending Rachael. I just know that, I don’t know, 50 million people did that in 2018. That was a type of party that a lot of people went to. And again, I’m not defending it; I didn’t go to it.”
In the weeks since, Chris issued two separate apologies. In one, he announced he will be “stepping aside” from The Bachelor. “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, my colleagues and strangers alike,” the ABC personality wrote on Instagram on February 13. “I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself and I have not met them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same.”
For Matt’s part, he’s commented on the situation multiple times, as well. “The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life, and while there are several episodes left of the season, it is important that I take the time to address troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison,” he wrote on Instagram on February 22.
“The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real-time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly. Chris’ failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand immediately, was troubling and painful to watch. As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that the Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years,” Matt concluded.
Now, fans are convinced Matt and former contestant Heather Martin are dating — and there’s some pretty convincing evidence out there!
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