If you are still holding out hope for season 25 of The Bachelor to have a cheerful ending — you are not alone. Rachael Kirkconnell remains to be enthusiastic about Matt James romantically, a supply solely tells Us Weekly.
“Her emotions for him by no means went away. She nonetheless loves him,” the insider says, noting that the 29-year-old Bachelor, nevertheless, is “hesitant to take her again.”
The supply provides, “It looks like he simply desires to be mates, however she desires to be in a critical relationship with him.”
James and Kirkconnell, 24, known as it quits in February whereas season 25 of The Bachelor was nonetheless airing. He pulled the plug on their romance after the Georgia native got here below fireplace for her racially insensitive previous, which included attending an “Old South”-themed social gathering on a plantation in school.
“As somebody who grew up within the South, it takes me to a spot that I do not typically like to consider. I wasn’t OK. It was in that second and the dialog that I had, that Rachael may not perceive what it means to be Black in America,” the Wake Forest alum stated on After the Final Rose final month. “It’s heartbreaking. If you do not perceive that one thing like that’s problematic in 2018, there’s quite a lot of me that you simply will not perceive. It’s so simple as that. … You know what was a very long time in the past? Plantations.”
Kirkconnell, who famous she was shocked by James’ resolution to finish their relationship, apologized twice for her actions. One month after their onstage reunion, Us confirmed that the twosome have been collectively in New York City. An insider advised Us that Kirkconnell was within the Big Apple to “spend a while with mates” and met up with James.
“They’re not formally again collectively. She reached out to Matt to see if he could be open to assembly together with her. They’ve been speaking this complete time and she or he’s been updating him on how she’s been educating herself,” the insider stated.
James beforehand dominated out any possibilities of reconciliation with Kirkconnell throughout an look on Good Morning America on March 16.
“I do know that Rachael’s a superb individual and every part she outlined in her apology and her assertion, I’m trying ahead to seeing her do as a result of I do know she’s able to it,” he stated. “I believe there’s quite a lot of work that must be finished earlier than I can take into consideration being in a relationship with anyone. I would like time to course of every part that is happening. I need to respect Rachael and what she’s gotta do as nicely.”
James later advised Bill Simmons that he was “exhausted” however doing “good” post-show.
“I can solely communicate for myself. It felt like three months of remedy. I met unimaginable girls,” he stated on March 19. “I left in a relationship that I assumed had the potential to go the gap. Unfortunately, issues performed out otherwise, however all issues thought-about, these conversations [that] got here out of the craziness that adopted the season [were good]. I do not remorse happening in any respect.”