Here’s How Rachael’s Racism Controversy May Affect her Relationship With Bachelor Matt

Rachael: 'The Bachelor' 2021
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With Matt James’ Bachelor season in full swing, fans are curious to know The Bachelor 2021 spoilers about Rachael Kirkconnell and how far she makes it on the current season.

Rachael is one of 32 contestants who met Matt, a 29-year-old real estate agent from Raleigh, North Carolina, on the Monday, January 4, premiere of The Bachelor season 25. Matt, who is the best friend and roommate of Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron, was announced as the season 25 Bachelor in June 2020. Unlike the previous Bachelors, Matt is the first Bachelor since Brad Womack in 2011 to not be a former Bachelorette contestant. (Though he was cast for Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette in 2020, he never made it on the show, as he was chosen as the Bachelor soon after.)

Matt is also the first Black Bachelor in the franchise’s 15-year-plus history. Overall, he’s the third Black lead after season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and season 16 Bachelorette Tayshia Adams. “It’s an honor,” Matt told Good Morning America in June 2020 after he was cast. “I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night they’re going to see that I’m not much different from them and they see that diverse love stories are beautiful.”

As for if Matt’s Bachelor 2021 winner has been revealed, Reality Steve can confirm that she has. (Read on to find out if Rachael is Matt’s winner.) Reality Steve revealed Matt’s winner prior to the premiere of his Bachelor season in January 2021. According to a source for OK! magazine, producers were “livid” that the end was leaked. “Everyone on the show has been reminded that they signed non-disclosure-agreements,” the source said. “The show’s PR department strategically leaks information and teases each season to get publicity and viewers excited. However, the number of unauthorized leaks has gotten out of control. To have the winner leaked before the first episode even airs is terrible. Producers are livid,” the source adds.

So what’s what we know about Matt. But what about Rachael? Read on for The Bachelor 2021 spoilers we know about Rachael Kirkconnell. (Obvi, spoilers ahead.)

"The Bachelor" 2021: Rachael

Image: ABC/Craig Sjodin.

Who is Rachael?

Rachael is a 24-year-old from Cumming, Georgia. According to her Bachelor bio, Rachael considers herself a “southern sweetheart” and a “hopeless romantic to her core.” “With beautiful eyes and personality to match, Rachael is a southern sweetheart with a close-knit family,” reads her Bachelor bio. “Though Rachael says she is a hopeless romantic to her core, she has never been in love and believes that Matt may just be the guy to change that. Rachael is hoping that her love story will be something huge and life altering.”

Her bio continues, “She wants to look back on her life when she’s old and feel like she has made the absolute most out of every single day. Nothing makes her happier than a good movie, good wine and charcuterie boards. Rachael needs a man who will make every day with her something to tell their future children about and says, “At the end of the day, love is what makes your life more special than others. Life can be hard and really difficult and dark at times, but if you have someone by your side that loves you more than they love themselves, that makes it all worth it in the end.”

For her fun facts, Rachael lists the following:

– Rachael’s favorite way to pass the time is by doodling.

– Rachael hates slow drivers!

– Rachael is very neat with organization and cleanliness, and messy with plans and schedule.

What is Rachael’s job?

According to her Bachelor bio, Rachael works as a graphic designer. She graduated from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 2019, according to her Instagram.

Does Rachael win The Bachelor?

(Spoilers ahead.) So does Rachael win Matt’s season of The Bachelor? Well, if you must know, it looks like she does. According to Reality Steve, Rachael is Matt’s winner. Matt’s final four who have Hometown Dates are Serena P., Bri, Michelle and Rachael. His final four are eliminated in that order, which leaves Rachael as Matt’s winner.

So are Rachael and Matt engaged? Reality Steve confirmed that Matt did not propose to Rachael at the final rose ceremony and they’re not engaged. That said, Matt and Rachael are still together (as seen by their social media behavior.) Reality Steve believes that Matt not proposing doesn’t have any effect on if he and Rachael will stay together, as many Bachelors who did propose still broke up with their winners months of years later. As Reality Steve notes, only one Bachelor who proposed ended up marrying his winner and that was season 17’s Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici. For more detailed spoilers about Matt’s winner, click here.

Reality Steve confirmed in a tweet in February 2021 that Matt and Rachael had broken up. after Rachael’s racism controversy in February 2021, the celebrity gossip Instagram account @DeuxMoi  also received several tips that she and Matt split, with some claiming that part of the reason for their breakup was Rachael’s scandal.

If you’re not caught up on Rachael’s racism controversy, here’s a recap: In January 2021, Rachael came under fire after TikTok user @maddyybierster, a former of high school classmate of Rachael’s, claimed that she was bullied by Rachael for dating Black men. “girlieee, remember when you bullied me in high school for liking black guys???” the user captioned a clip of Rachael on a date with Matt. After the TikTok went viral, the user shared several DMs from other women who claimed to have similar experiences with Rachael when it came to dating Black men.

A TikTok video by @feministmama then went viral in January 2021, where the user exposed Rachael for liking racist social media posts and associating herself with controversial groups. The TikToker shared three social media screenshots that Rachael liked: one of two women in front of a Confederate flag, one of three women dressed in sombreros, ponchos and mustaches, and one of a woman in a “Make America Great Again” hat. The user also claimed that Rachael hasn’t voted in the past four general elections, sharing a screenshot of her voting history. @Feministmama also shared screenshots of Rachael‘s parents supporting Donald Trump and other Republican politicians. According to the screenshots, her father donated to WinRed, a fundraising platform that supported Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Matt later responded to the racism claims around Rachael in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in February 2021. “I have not spoken to anybody since the show ended, but I would say that you have to be really careful about what you are doing on social media,” he said at the time. “Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully she will have her time to speak on that.”

The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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