‘Bachelor’ Matt James Breaks has revealed that he has split from Rachael Kirkconnell after her past racist behavior was exposed online.
“You wanna believe that you know your person better than anybody else knows your person, and while all this controversy’s swirling around, who Rachael is, things that she might have attended, and pictures that she liked and people that she’s associated with,” Matt said on the After the Rose special. “Before Rachael addressed anything or Chris Harrison spoke on anything, I’m trying to be there for her, and I dismissed them as rumors, because that’s what they were to me. You hear things that are heartbreaking, and you just pray they’re not true. And then, when you find out that they are it just makes you question everything.”
He added, “When she spoke out and publicly acknowledged that she would do better and she apologized is when I was finally able to take check on myself and see where I was at, and I wasn’t OK,” Matt said. “It was in that moment and the conversation that I had that [I realized that] Rachael might not understand what it means to be Black in America.”
Matt then confirmed they were no longer together.
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“As Rachael acknowledged in her apology, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” he said. “I have to take a step back and allow her to put in that work, and I’m looking forward to seeing her put in that work.”