Matt James shared a photo with his girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell on his Instagram account on Thursday.
The 29-year-old former Bachelor lead actor was pictured appearing in public school with his 24-year-old partner, who was seen hugging a child.
The image seemed to confirm that the couple were reconciled after a period of separation spurred by the reality TV personality’s past presence at a pre-war Southern themed event.
Public opinion: Matt James seemingly confirmed he had reconciled with Rachael Kirkconnell by sharing a photo with his girlfriend on his Instagram account on Thursday
The photo showed James wearing a graphic print T-shirt over shorts and a black bucket hat.
Kirkconnell wore a blue patterned tank top and skintight blue jeans on the visit to public school.
The graphic designer’s gorgeous dark brown hair fell particularly on her back and shoulders.
The couple were both seen wearing face covers while spending time with other people.
Better Together: In the photo, the couple was seen in a public school
Happy couple: The two met during the 25th season of The Bachelor, where the real estate agent led the cast
The leader of the previous series also wrote a long message saying, “The gift of conversation is not so much in showing yourself, but in getting others out of the closet.”
James and Kirkconnell met during the 25th season of The Bachelor, which initially aired earlier this year, and the real estate agent received a lot of attention for being the first African American to run the program.
The series of episodes ended with the pursuit of a relationship after the cameras were turned off.
However, it was revealed that the two had split up during the After The Final Rose special due to Kirkconnell taking part in a pre-war South themed event in 2018.
Controversy: James and Kirkconnell broke up earlier this year due to the circulation of photos showing the graphic designer attending a 2018 pre-war South theme party
Later, screenshots of posts the graphic designer liked with people standing in front of Confederate flags were circulated on social media.
She eventually publicly apologized for her behavior and admitted that she was educating herself about anti-racism, although her relationship with James remained strained.
Franchise presenter Chris Harrison was also criticized for his handling of the case and later stepped down from the role due to the controversy.
In April, James and Kirkconnell were spotted together in New York City, although it was later noted that the couple were not in a relationship.
Fallout: Kirkconnell publicly apologized and pledged to educate himself after the event, and franchise leader Chris Harrison resigned after becoming embroiled in the controversy
A woman later came out and said she’d been in a relationship with the real estate agent while visiting his former flame, and the revelation drove a wedge between the two.
The couple eventually came to a resolution and were seen in various locations around the country the following month.
James’s photo seemingly confirmed that the two had officially resumed their relationship after their long period of reconciliation.
Earlier this week, a source spoke with Us weekly and noted that while the two were invested in their relationship, they also prioritized their “ commitments and work projects. ”
At work: In April, the two were spotted in different locations around the country, sparking rumors that they were trying to reconcile
However, the insider noted that the couple kept in touch and they enjoy being together when their schedules allow free time.
“They make time for each other and travel when they can, but still talk every day when they’re not together,” the source said.
The source concluded by saying that Kirkconnell and James were trying to keep things in the middle between them with the intention of staying together for the long term.
Rachael is still in love with Matt. She really … wants a future with him. They just record every moment that they are together and want to be stable for a while before taking the next steps, ” they said.
Great Hopes: A source spoke to Us Weekly earlier this week, saying Kirkconnell “ wants a future ” with James