Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell Were Spotted Together in Los Angeles After All That Grace Drama
Looks like Matt James and his Bachelor winner Rachael Kirkconnell have reunited in Los Angeles following drama surrounding a woman named Grace Amerling who alleges that she was talking to Matt at the same time he was talking to Rachael (it’s complicated, sigh).
ANYWAY, Matt and Rachael were spotted hanging in Santa Monica over the weekend in photos published by TMZ. Of course, this doesn’t mean they’re back together—but it does mean they’re talking amid reports that they’d stopped communicating over the whole Grace thing. So, what is the deal with Grace?
Kay, so: back on April 9th Grace alleged in an Instagram Live that she had been talking to Matt during Rachael’s trip to NYC. A source told Us Weekly at the time that Rachael was “very hurt” and felt “manipulated” after hearing Grace’s claims on Insta, and another insider said she and Matt weren’t speaking:
Apparently, this is no longer the case, but TBD on Matt and Rachael’s exact relationship status. As a reminder, Matt initially broke things off with Rachael after photos of her attending a racist antebellum-themed plantation party in 2018 surfaced online. They spoke about the split in person on After the Final Rose, where Matt made it clear he couldn’t move forward and said “If you don’t understand that something like that is problematic in 2018, there’s a lot of me that you won’t understand. It’s as simple as that.”
He also told Rachael, “The most disappointing thing for me was having to explain to you why what I saw was problematic and why I was so upset.” He added that when he questioned the relationship, “It was in the context of you not fully understanding my Blackness and what it means to be a Black man in America, and what it would mean for our kids when I saw those things that were floating around the internet.”
FYI, neither Matt nor Rachael have commented on any of their post ATFR hang outs, but stay tuned.
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