Bachelor Matt James confirms he's 'pursuing a relationship' with Rachael Kirkconnell after he 'betrayed' her

BACHELOR Matt James confirmed he's "pursuing a relationship" with Rachael Kirkconnell after he "betrayed" her by talking to other girls.

The Sun had exclusively revealed that Matt was doing everything in his power to get her back.

After weeks of uncertainty, Matt finally confirmed he is focused on his relationship with Rachael, 24, and no one else.

The 29-year-old reality TV star told PEOPLE: "I've seen Rachael a handful of times.

"I'm not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that. I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it."

The former Bachelor also revealed that just like he is trying to gain back her trust, Rachael has been working on educating herself more about racism.


Fans will know that their relationship has been tumultuous since they first broke up in February following resurfaced photos of the Georgia native attending an Antebellum plantation party in 2018.

However, the on-off pair attempted to rekindle last month – only to call things off once again after Matt was allegedly caught talking to other women behind Rachael’s back. 


Now, the pair are trying to make things work once again as they have spent time in California together this week.

"Matt's doing everything in his power to win Rachael back,” a source exclusively told The Sun. 

The insider explained: “He knows he messed up and broke her trust. He got caught and he's trying to fix the mess he made. 

“She keeps vowing to not take him back but each time she still does. She really believes Matt is her person and doesn't want to give up on him even though her family is skeptical.”

Rachael, 24, and the former Bachelor have been spotted together in Los Angeles and Orange County this week, but the source claimed they are continuing to “take things slowly.” 

“They aren't officially back together yet but are working things out again,” they added. 

In terms of change for their future, the informant said: “He’s promised to be transparent, more communicative and completely truthful moving forward and insists he will keep his word. 

“He plans to address the rumors that have been floating around about him, Rachael and Grace in the near future if his team allows him.”

Matt’s latest romance drama came after he “lied” about talking to Grace Amerling – who recently came forward exposing her relationship with Matt – to ex Rachael. 

Grace revealed their involvement in an interview with blogger Reality Steve that Matt had asked her to visit him in Miami just two days before he invited Rachael to New York City.

She said Matt texted her "out of the blue," about popping by Miami, but she declined the invitation saying she was tired.

The horse rider went on: "It just didn't sit right with me. I just felt like Rachael was so in love with him and for him to be trying to contact me and hang out with me.

"Someone he's had past romantic relationships with – two days prior in Miami… I felt like I had to say something for Rachael's sake. Rachael is the real victim here.”

Their latest relationship development comes after those close to the reality stars thought the pair were truly done for good. 

Earlier this month, a source told The Sun: “Matt hasn’t reached out to her at all. It’s been crickets between them, they aren’t talking.”

It was added that Rachael realized she “doesn’t even know Matt” as more of the “truth” comes to light, the informant added.  

“Rachael’s hurt and she’s done. Seems unlikely she will forgive him after this one,” the source said.

While Rachael has been spending time with friends and family in her Georgia hometown, Matt has been living it up attending a number of high-profile events. 

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