BACHELOR front man Matt James, who was raised by his mother Patty, has talked on the show about the importance of family in his life.
Matt has said his mother is his “greatest inspiration” and he is excited to give her a “basketball team” of grandchildren.
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The 29-year-old grew up with mom, Patty, and his brother, John, in North Carolina.
On The Bachelor, Matt revealed the his parents split “before he could remember.”
In a 2019 interview, the reality star said that his dad has been “absent” throughout his life.
The 6’5″ star made it more clear that he was raised by only his mother as he wished her a happy Father’s Day this past June.
Alongside a picture standing with his mom, he captioned the shot: “Happy Fathers Day Mom.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling,” he added – referring to a meaningful bible verse.
Matt said his mom was his biggest inspiration
The affection is mutual, as Patty gushed about her son during an event for his organization, ABC Food Tours New York in June 2019.
She said at the time: “He was always drawn to families where the mom and dad were together.
“I am so proud of him. He overcame everything and he wants to be a role model for these kids.”
Matt – who made history as the first black Bachelor – admitted that he “struggled” growing up as bi-racial.
The ex athlete told host Chris Harrison: “My mom is white, my dad is black.
“It was hard for me because I didn’t want to do things to upset white people and then I didn’t want to do anything to upset black people.”
Matt made history as the first black Bachelor
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