“Bachelor” Matt James and ex-girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell’s latest reunion was simply an outing between buddies.
“Matt and Rachael are not back together,” a supply near James advised Web page Six. “They are engaged on constructing a friendship outdoors of the present and away from the noise. The previous few months have been extraordinarily troublesome for Matt.”
The supply added, “He’s not able to throw himself right into a relationship proper now.”
Earlier this week, rumors circulated that James, 29, and Kirkconnell — the controversial winner of his historic “Bachelor” season — have been back on.
On Tuesday, photographs of the pair appeared in an Instagram Story by Deuxmoi, an account that recurrently options blind objects. Each James and Kirkconnell, 24, had their backs turned away from the cameras whereas strolling by way of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Bachelor” blogger Actuality Steve later cryptically tweeted that the previous couple’s story was “not over” but.
The primary black “Bachelor” in franchise historical past, James’ journey concluded final month when the industrial actual property dealer gave his last rose to Kirkconnell, a Georgia-bred graphic designer.
Main as much as the March 15 season finale, nevertheless, allegations of Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive conduct on social media got here to mild, along with photographs of her attending an antebellum-themed occasion in school.
In February, Kirkconnell spoke out amid the backlash, writing on Instagram: “At one level, I didn’t acknowledge how offensive and racist my actions have been, however that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it occurred does not excuse something. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist.”
A month later, James confirmed on “The Bachelor: After the Remaining Rose” that he and Kirkconnell have been not together.
“In case you don’t perceive that one thing like that’s problematic in 2018, there’s lots of me that you simply gained’t perceive,” James advised host Emmanuel Acho as the previous NFL participant, 30, crammed in for Chris Harrison, who stepped apart following his controversial protection of Kirkconnell. “I stepped back and let her do the work she’s dedicated to doing.”
Kirkconnell, for her half, known as James “the love of my life” in an Instagram put up shared after the headline-making finale.
“Whereas i by no means anticipated this consequence, i respect his choice fully. after all i want circumstances have been completely different, however i nonetheless really feel blessed for the time we did have together and the reminiscences we made,” she wrote in March.
James has since acknowledged that he’s accomplished courting and as a substitute “engaged on” himself.