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Matt James was supposed to be a contestant on the 16th season of The Bachelorette.

Instead, he was announced as the Bachelor for the 25th season of The Bachelor, on June 12, 2020 during the broadcast of Good Morning America.

Personal life[]

He is the son of Patty James.

He is best friends with Bachelor alum Tyler Cameron, and was nominated for the show by Tyler's late mother Andrea.

He chose to pursue a relationship with Rachael Kirkconnell but didn't propose to her. They ended their relationship when photos of Rachael at an Antebellum themed party resurfaced. The pair were later spotted in New York and California together, confirming their relationship to Wall Street Journal on May 5, 2021.


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After meeting Matt James as a prospective suitor for "The Bachelorette," thousands of fans swooned over the would-be cast member. He is the total package. He has strong family values, a great career, and over the past few months, he has used his growing platform for good. Today, Matt announced on "Good Morning America" that he will take on the role as the lead of his own love story as the star of the momentous 25th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor."

While much of Bachelor Nation has fallen in love with him already, many will meet the 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love for the first time. The North Carolina native went to Wake Forest University, where he majored in economics and played wide receiver for the football team. He went on to play professional football, before moving to New York City, where he now resides. His love of food and passion for giving back led to his creation of an organization that is designed to find creative ways to engage kids from underserved communities in New York City, encouraging physical and mental wellness, while also giving them opportunities for new experiences throughout the city.

Dancing with the Stars[]

He was announced as a participant on season 30 of Dancing with the Stars in August 2020.

He was partnered with Lindsay Arnold. They were the fourth couple eliminated.

1Derek did not attend the show and therefor didn't vote.


  • Matt is the first African-American man to be chosen as the lead in The Bachelor.
  • Matt is the first man that he never appeared in Bachelor Nation franchise since Matt Grant.