Former Bachelor Couple Spotted Together in New York City

Bachelor Nation is all abuzz with the news that Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell may be back together. After confirming their breakup last month, the duo was spotted hanging out together this week in New York City, fueling the rumors that the final rose may be still up for grabs.

James’ Stint as the Bachelor

Matt James made history last year when he was appointed as the first Black bachelor in the franchise’s long history. After starting with 25 female contestants, James made his pick by choosing Georgia native Kirkconnell as the winner of his heart.

Kirkconnell’s History

The fairytale romance was short-lived for the pair. Well before Kirkconnell was revealed as the winner, internet sleuths discovered that she had a potentially controversial past.


The sleuths figured out that Kirkconnell was a guest at an “Old South” antebellum-themed Greek life college party in 2018. She had also liked several social media posts that demonstrated examples of cultural appropriation.

Details of Breakup Revealed

Once these past actions came to light, James said that he could not stay with Kirkconnell as a Black man. He revealed that the two had broken up during the broadcast of the show’s “After the Final Rose” television special. James said that he originally tried to support Kirkconnell. However, he eventually determined that it was all too much for him.

Truth Behind the Recent Sightings

Despite recent pictures of the two together in Brooklyn being floated around the internet, a source close to James has denied that they are back together. The source said that James and Kirkconnell are simply working to build their friendship.