Newest ‘Bachelor’ Couple Has Split Before the Season Finale

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What would have been the newest Bachelor couple is no more.

Matt James and his season pick, Rachael Kirkconnell, have split. Rumors that the two were no longer together circulated shortly after controversy broke out surrounding Kirkconnell. Reality Steve has now confirmed those rumors.

“Not that Matt’s statement wasn’t pretty clear itself, but I can confirm that Matt and Rachael have broken up,” Reality Steve tweeted on Monday evening.

On Monday, February 22, James took to Instagram to share his feelings on the latest controversy rocking the Bachelor franchise. James addressed Kirkconnell’s past racist behavior, Chris Harrison’s insensitive comments, and he showed support for his friend, Rachel Lindsay.

“The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life, and while there are several episodes left of the season, it is important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison. The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly,” James wrote in part. Although he didn’t further address Kirkconnell in his statement, it seemed clear that he’d re-evaluated his relationship with her after learning about things she did in the not-so-distant past.

Here’s what you need to know:

Matt James Chose Rachael Kirkconnell on the ‘Bachelor’ Finale, but He Did not Propose

Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James

ABC/Craig SjodinRachael Kirkconnell and Matt James pose on their one-on-one date.

Spoilers for The Bachelor were slow to come out this season due to the nature of the show’s filming. However, Reality Steve was able to confirm that James chose Kirkconnell in the end. When he first posted the spoiler, Steve was unsure whether or not the show ended with a proposal this season; he later confirmed that it did not.

“Matt did not propose to Rachael. They are still together today though,” Reality Steve wrong on his February 2 blog. He went on to say that he didn’t think that the two would last.

“…whether Matt did or didn’t propose I don’t think should matter in the least bit, since engagements on this show really don’t mean anything. But I can already tell you him not proposing will immediately have people giving the hot take that these two won’t make it. I mean, I don’t think they will either, but not because he didn’t propose. I don’t think they’ll make it because I don’t think for a second Matt is ready for a serious relationship, and never was,” Reality Steve wrote.

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