Bachelor Matt James is ‘still dating’ winner as Rachael Kirkconnell, Michelle Young, Bri Springs & Serena Pitt remain

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BACHELOR Matt James is “still dating” the winner of his season as the final four ladies continue to compete for his heart on the show, The Sun can reveal. 

On tonight’s episode of the ABC series, Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, Michelle Young, 27, Bri Springs, 24, and Serena Pitt, 22, get to see their families on the highly-anticipated hometown dates. 

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Matt James is still happily ‘going strong’ with the woman he picks at the end of his season[/caption]

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Rachael Kirkconnell remains in the final four ladies of season 25[/caption]

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Fan-favorite Bri Springs is still on the show competing for Matt’s heart[/caption]

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Serena Pitts will be taking Matt to meet her family in hometown[/caption]

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Michelle Young received a rose last week and made it into Matt’s final four[/caption]

While Bachelor Nation will continue to watch how the season plays out over the next few weeks, a source exclusively told The Sun that the reality hunk is still happily in a relationship with his final pick. SPOILERS AHEAD!

The ABC leading man didn’t get down on one knee during the finale however, he is still “happy” with Rachael as they continue their relationship, an insider alleged. 

“Matt has supported Rachael throughout all of this and they’re still going strong,” the informant said. 

According to the insider, Matt “didn’t propose” at the end of the season after deciding it was “too fast” to tie-the-knot with anyone. 

Though they are not engaged, the pair continue doing “very well” together.

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The Bachelor hunk has ‘supported’ Rachael through ongoing controversy[/caption]

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Rachael is ‘still dating’ Matt James but the pair are ‘not engaged’[/caption]

The source added: “He’s continuing to stand by her side as he promised he’d do. 

“If Matt ever leaves Rachael it won’t have anything to do with the racism allegations. 

“He’s known about everything and he doesn’t see anything wrong with what she’s done. 

“He didn’t even want her to apologize. Matt said she has nothing to apologize for and didn’t think she should apologize.”

Matt selecting Rachael as his number one means fan-favorites Michelle, Bri and Serena ultimately do not end up with the 6’5” stud. 

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Rachael became an early frontrunner due to the pair’s chemistry[/caption]

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The Georgia native quickly hit it off with Matt during their one-on-one date[/caption]

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After locking lips, Rachael and Matt were serenaded with their own private concert[/caption]

The Bachelor star has not yet publicly commented on the ongoing controversy

Rachael sparked massive outrage when photos resurfaced of the Georgia native attending an “Old South” plantation party in 2018. 

She’s also been slammed engaging in controversial social media activity – including dressing up in a Native American costume when she was younger and liking posts showing the confederate flag. 

After being labeled “racist” by fans, Rachael broke her silence by apologizing for her “offensive” actions

In the lengthy Instagram apology, she said: “I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong. 

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Rachael has come under fire for resurfaced pictures from 2018
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The Georgia native attended an ‘Old South’ Antebellum-themed party in college

“At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them.”

Last week, The Sun exclusively revealed she sought advice from women of color on the show before writing an apology for past “racist” behavior. 

The show’s race problems amplified after host Chris Harrison, 49, asked fans to show “compassion” for Rachael, during an awkward interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history.

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Chris Harrison was slammed for ‘defending racism’ during an interview with Rachel Lindsay[/caption]

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Ex-Bachelorette Rachel has advocated for change within the franchise[/caption]

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The longtime face of the franchise added that he’s not the “woke police” and alleged certain things regarding race were acceptable in 2018 but not in 2021. 

Following his comments, fans demanded the host be fired and 25 women from the current season rallied together to denounce his stance in a joint statement. 

According to the source, the ladies of Matt James’ season “support” their friend after she apologized for her mistakes.  

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