THE Bachelor’s Matt James revealed he’s seeking some professional help in the wake of his split from Rachael Kirkconnell and dealing with her “racist” photos.
The 29-year-old reality star was forced to hash it out with his ex during the After the Finale Rose ceremony on Monday.
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After opening up all about the break-up and the intense ATFR special on Good Morning American on Tuesday, Matt took to Twitter to share that he needs someone more personal to talk to about it all
Of his plans for the day, he wrote: “✍🏾 Google ✍🏾 Therapist ✍🏾 Near me”
The tweet was met with a ton of support from fans, making it one of his most engaged with post on the platform in a little while.
One person told him to “stay strong,” while another suggested that The Bachelor have a “full-time therapist on set” for anyone who might need someone to talk to during the reality show journey.
Others offered to send Matt some therapist recommendations and to let him know how much therapy has helped them in the past.
The 29-year-old picked Rachael at the end of his Bachelor season, but the two broke up once photos of her resurfaced showing her attending a 2018 “Antebellum” plantation party, with deep ties to the Confederacy.
He realized how “problematic” she was and decided she needed to do some growing and learning, and that she needed to do so on her own.
He told GMA’s Michael Strahan: ”It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt the weight of everything that I was carrying throughout the season and with what we were dealing with as a country.
“And having to explain that, why I think it's problematic to me and our relationship, which was extremely difficult."
The night before, Matt told ATFR host Emmanuel Acho: “We’re not [together]. It’s heartbreaking.
"If you don’t understand that something like that is problematic in 2018, there’s a lot of me that you won’t understand. It’s as simple as that. You know what was a long time ago? Plantations.”
Despite picking Rachael at the end of the Bachelor season, only to have a “honeymoon” phase and break up a short while later, Matt isn’t too concerned that he possibly “missed out” on having a relationship with one of the other women.
"The conversations that have come from everything that's taken place are more important than anything I could've left with,” he said. “And if that means that I leave under the circumstances that I left with, so be it."
During Monday's ATFR special, Rachael sobbed as her ex said she "didn't fully understand my blackness and what it means to be a Black man in America and what it would mean for our kids."
After so much time with her and looking forward to a future with her at one point, Matt said he knows that Rachael’s a “good person” and that she’s “capable” of change and of following through on her apology statement.
When Rachael was asked to explain how she is different today than in 2018, she said that he was "the only reason" she joined the show.
The contestant added: "I've never experienced a love like this. I don't see anyone else out there for me. At this point I just don't see how I can have these same feelings for someone else."
Rachael continued to fight back tears as Matt encouraged her to educate herself.
Rachael is not the only The Bachelor star to be called out for "racist" actions this past season, as host Chris Harrison also found himself at the center of controversy and being replaces as The Bachelorette host.
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