Matt James is done with Michelle Young. During monday night Single In the end, Matt broke up with Michelle, a teacher, while they were on their last date.
The move came as a surprise to viewers, as Matt decided to end things with Michelle before going on his last date with his other possible choice, Rachael Kirkconnell.
The breakup came after Michelle, who was one of five women who entered the season late, met Matt’s mother, Patty, early in the episode. The intro went well, with Michelle telling Patty that Matt was “the one” for her, and Patty raving about Michelle’s “sweet heart”.
“Michelle continues to set the bar very high.” Matt said at the time. “… I’m extremely excited about where we are in our relationship. You never know how something is going to turn out, just cross your fingers and pray. Today couldn’t have been better.”
However, after tense conversations with his mother and Chris Harrison, Matt wondered if he was ready to commit. Matt and Michelle’s date to tear down a building initially went well, but Matt admitted that he was struggling to deal with the “gravity” of the situation.
During their date night, Michelle once again expressed her love for Matt and his talented sports jerseys that read “Mr. and Mrs. James.”
“I’m sitting here and I’m in love with you and I can’t imagine having anyone else as my teammate right now. It’s you. It’s you I love,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine leaving here without you.”
At the time, Matt told the camera that he has “doubts” about his relationship with Michelle.
“I feel terrible. I didn’t know this would feel,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything to break her heart, but when you care about someone, you have to let them know.”
He then confessed to Michelle, telling her that it is “the first time I feel anything outside of wanting to be with you forever.”
“I’ve been getting over that feeling today and trying to get there because of how I feel about you,” he said.
Michelle asked for “clarity” on the situation, asking whether or not she should fight for him and their relationship.
“I don’t think I can get there with you,” he replied.
“It’s hard to feel like you have this connection to someone and they flip a switch and it’s gone,” he yelled.
“I don’t want you to think it was a switch,” she insisted as Michelle continued to sob.
Michelle walked Matt to the door, where she apologized before leaving.
After his split with Michelle, Matt stays with Rachael, who has been embroiled in a racism scandal since the season premiered in January, as his last wife. However, it remains to be seen if Matt will decide to continue their relationship or ask Rachael the question.
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