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Are Matt James and controversial “Bachelor” gal pal Rachael Kirkconnell back together?
“Bachelor” spoiler king Reality Steve — who has his pulse on the gossip going on in Bachelor Nation — recently claimed that James and Kirkconnell are seeing each other again following their very public breakup.
“It’s been a while but here’s some news: Matt and Rachael? Yeah, they’re not over,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “They’re currently in New York together. FYI.”
Aside from Steve, Deuxmoi, a popular blind items Instagram account, also shared photos sent by a fan that allegedly show James, 29, and Kirkconnell, 24, together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — though they are walking away from the camera and their faces are not visible in the snaps.
Reps for James and Kirkconnell did not immediately return our request for comment.
The reality stars met on James’ season of “The Bachelor” and left Season 25 together, but did not get engaged as per usual for the show.
While the show was still airing — but before the finale — Kirkconnell and the series became marred in controversy after racially insensitive photos of the contestant resurfaced.
In the “After the Final Rose” segment, James revealed that he called it quits with Kirkconnell because of the pictures, which were taken at an Antebellum-themed college party in 2018.
The Georgia-born graphic designer issued an apology for her actions, but it was not enough to keep her relationship in tact at the time.
“If you don’t understand that something like that is problematic in 2018, there’s a lot of me that you won’t understand,” James, who is the first black “Bachelor,” said on the show. “I stepped back and let her do the work she’s committed to doing.”
Soon after the split, Kirkconnell shrared on Instagram that she was having a tough time with the breakup, adding, “i truly believe he was the love of my life. he will always hold a piece of my heart.”
James said he was focusing on himself at the time, sharing in March, “I’m working on myself. I’m not going to be dating.”
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