‘The Bachelor’: Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell’s love story manifests itself amid their racist controversy

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell continue to fall in love in The Bachelor. Amid Rachael’s ongoing racism controversy, her love affair with Matt is still airing on television.

Kirkconnell’s past actions came to light in January, when an accused TikTok user the first favorite from before intimidating her for dating black men. So another user defendant Kirkconnell to like racist photos. Photos have also appeared from Kirkconnell at an Old South plantation themed party while in college. Kirkconnell has since apologized and asked people to stop defending his actions.

After encouraging people to offer “grace” to Rachael in an interview with Rachel Lindsay, Single Host Chris Harrison decided to walk away from the franchise “for a period of time.” He has since apologized for his comments and said that he plans to return to his hosting duties.

Monday’s episode of the reality series showed Rachael discouraged by the Fantasy Suite dates, crying when Michelle and Bri returned from their overnight stays and telling Matt that it has been “excruciating” and “the most difficult week” of her life.

“I envision you as my future husband, I know you know that. When I envision you as that person to me and then I know that you’re having a really intimate time with other people, I really didn’t think I would make it this week, honestly,” she told him. Rachael to Matt during their pottery date. “It was the lowest I’ve ever felt.”

“I get it. I know you have to do what you have to do. But I’ve been wondering if your mind has changed about how you feel about me and everything.” “If you don’t see that future with me right now, I just don’t know how I could handle losing you.”

Matt said that while “there is no easy way” to handle the situation, he believes the process is “necessary” to reach a compromise. He also assured Rachael that “when I’m with you, you’re all I think about”, before mentioning her skydiving date, which ended with a terrifying incident when Rachael had a hard landing.

“That scared me. I don’t like taking me to a dark place, but I did it when I saw you fall to the ground. I was scared. When I saw you land there, I wanted you to be okay,” he said. saying. “That was really the first time I thought, ‘What would life be like without Rachael?'”

“I’m just going to say the things I want to say, and do the things I want to say and feel, and I will continue to show them how I feel about you,” he added. “What I am with you is that I am falling in love with you.”

“I’m crazy about you,” she replied. “I am completely in love with you.”

The date continued well from there, with the pair discussing Matt’s fears and engagement issues with his father, before heading to the Fantasy Suite.

“I’m 100 percent, completely ready for that if you give us that chance. I’m ready to take on life with you and whatever comes our way,” Rachael told Matt, to which he replied, “Same thing. “.

“She keeps surprising me,” Matt told the cameras. “She’s smart, beautiful, articulate, sexy. Everything she embodies is amazing. I’m falling in love with Rachael and I want to keep showing Rachael how much I care about her.”

At the rose ceremony, Matt decided to go ahead with Rachael and Michelle, sending Bri home. Next week’s preview shows Matt having difficult conversations with his mother and, like the two remaining women, emotionally breaking over the decision he must make now.

The Bachelor airs on Mondays on ABC.

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