Matt James is ‘NOT back with Rachael Kirkconnell’

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Matt James is ‘NOT back with Rachael Kirkconnell’ after sparking reconciliation rumors after sighting in NYC

He sparked rumors that he had reconciled with his ex Rachael Kirkconnell after the duo were spotted hanging out together in New York City.

But it turns out that Matt James is still ‘just friends’ with the woman he gave his last rose to.

‘They are not together. He supports her as a friend. He’s not looking for a relationship, ‘said a source People

Nothing to see: Matt James hasn't revived his relationship with Rachael Kirkconnell, a source has told People

Nothing to see: Matt James hasn’t revived his relationship with Rachael Kirkconnell, a source has told People

Fans wondered what was going on between the two after photos of the duo hanging out in New York surfaced on Instagram account Deuxmoi, but the source insisted they are ‘just friends’.

Now back in the market, Matt has shifted his focus back to working on community projects, the insider added.

Matt and Rachael started dating after they left as a couple on The Bachelor.

Despite no engagement, Matt and Rachael ended the show by confessing their love for each other and agreeing to continue their relationship off-camera.

However, it didn’t take long for the controversy to drive a wedge between the pair.

Controversy: James divorced Rachael after photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party

Controversy: James divorced Rachael after photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party

Controversy: James divorced Rachael after photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party

Photos of Rachael attending a plantation-themed party in 2018 surfaced, along with other problematic content.

The photos landed not only Rachael in hot water, but also host Chris Harrison, who defended the behavior in an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. This eventually led him to part with the franchise.

Both Chris and Rachael have repeatedly apologized for their actions.

Back: Now back in the market, Matt has shifted his focus back to working on community projects, the source said

Back: Now back in the market, Matt has shifted his focus back to working on community projects, the source said

Back: Now back in the market, Matt has shifted his focus back to working on community projects, the source said

Controversy: Chris Harrison landed in the middle of the Kirkconnell scandal after defending her during an interview with Rachel Lindsay

Controversy: Chris Harrison landed in the middle of the Kirkconnell scandal after defending her during an interview with Rachel Lindsay

Controversy: Chris Harrison landed in the middle of the Kirkconnell scandal after defending her during an interview with Rachel Lindsay

Ultimately, Matt and Rachael’s relationship didn’t survive the controversy, and the former bachelor admitted to ending the relationship after the photos surfaced.

You want to believe that you know your person better than anyone else knows your person. This controversy swirls around who Rachael is and events she may have attended, photos she liked and people she’s associated with, ” he said on After The Final Rose.

‘I’m trying to be there for her, and I’ve dismissed them as rumors because they were to me. You hear things that are heartbreaking and you just pray that they are not true. And then when you find out they are it, it just makes you question everything, ‘he added.

He discussed the “weight” of seeing Rachael for the first time on the special, he said Good morning America: ‘It hit me like a lot of stones. I felt the weight of everything I carried with me all season and what we dealt with as a country, and I had to explain that – why I think it’s problematic for me and our relationship – which was extremely difficult. ‘

Not intended to be: Ultimately, Matt and Rachael's relationship didn't survive the controversy, and the former bachelor admitted he ended the relationship after the photos surfaced

Not intended to be: Ultimately, Matt and Rachael's relationship didn't survive the controversy, and the former bachelor admitted he ended the relationship after the photos surfaced

Not intended to be: Ultimately, Matt and Rachael’s relationship didn’t survive the controversy, and the former bachelor admitted he ended the relationship after the photos surfaced

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