Let’s face it, waiting for the season finale of The Bachelor can be downright tiresome! After all, the reality dating series is still entertaining even if you have all the spoilers in your back pocket. With that, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about who season 25 Bachelor Matt James ends up with, his final four and his final two contestants, according to popular blogger Reality Steve. To learn more about who Matt picks, keep reading.
Who’s in Matt James’ final four?
The North Carolina native’s final four contestants will be Serena Pitt, Bri Springs, Michelle Young and Rachael Kirkconnell. All of the lucky ladies vying for Matt’s heart will be going on hometown dates.
However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they won’t actually be traveling outside of the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Instead, their families will meet them there, just like Tayshia Adams‘ season of The Bachelorette.
Who’s in Matt James’ final two?
After hometown dates, Matt eliminates Serena. Later, following his overnight dates, the former college athlete sends Bri home. In the end, Matt was forced to decide between Michelle and Rachael. So … who does he choose?!
Who does Matt James end up with?
“Matt chose Rachael and is still with her,” Reality Steve reported. Even so, the online personality is still unsure whether or not Matt and Rachael are engaged.
Taking away Reality Steve’s two cents, it looks Tyler Cameron‘s BFF may have accidentally dropped a hint about his winner all on his own. On January 16, a Bachelor fan account called BachSleuthers discovered that Matt was listening to Rachael’s “Night Drive” playlist on Spotify.
“Why would Matt be listening to the playlist of a girl he didn’t choose, and therefore wouldn’t be in contact with since the show ended? It really does look like a major slip on his part that he got caught on,” Reality Steve wrote after seeing the post.
Beyond Rachael and Matt’s relationship, the Cumming, Georgia, native created a lot of controversy in Bachelor Nation after her past racist behavior was brought to light, specifically attending an “Old South” plantation party when she was a student at Georgia College & State University in 2018. All of the women at the event were dressed in Antebellum-style gowns.
Less than a week after photos of Rachael at the party surfaced, she issued a publicly apology on Instagram. “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,” she wrote on February 11.
Two days prior, Bachelor host Chris Harrison addressed the outrage over Rachael while speaking with season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. “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?” he said during a February 9 virtual interview on Extra.
When Rachel suggested attending the “Old South” party was “not 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.”
Immediately after, Chris issued a lengthy apology. “While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf,” he wrote in an Instagram Story. “What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that, I am so deeply sorry.”
Since then, Chris released a separate statement announcing that 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,” he wrote on Instagram on February 13. “My ignorance did damage to friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke. I set standards for myself and 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.”
Furthermore, Chris continues to face backlash from Bachelor Nation alumni and viewers. Some individuals are even calling for his replacement. As for Matt, he released a statement addressing the situation on February 12, writing, “I am beyond grateful to have Rachel as a mentor during this season. Your advocacy of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and People of Color] people in the franchise is invaluable. I stand with you and the rest of the women advocating for change and accountability.”
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