SEASON 25 of The Bachelor came down to two women who were battling it out for Matt James' love.
The suspense has been building during a highly controversial season where longtime host Chris Harrison stepped down after defending Rachael Kirkconnell's for attending a Antebellum plantation-themed party in college.
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Who did Matt James pick on The Bachelor season 25?
Rachael Kirkconnell was picked by Matt James at the final episode for season 25.
Despite emphasizing he is "ready to find" his wife all season, did NOT get down on one knee as is typical Bachelor tradition.
Kirkconnell and Michelle Young were the two finalists on the show's finale.
Bri Springs was in the final three, but was sent home by Matt after the Fantasy Suites episode.
Kirkconnell was pictured for the first time in February of 2021 after being embroiled in a racism scandal.
A source told The Sun that Rachael, 24, has been laying low at her parents' home in Cumming, Georgia, but broke cover to get her hair done at a local salon.
The outing comes after photos of the beauty attending an Old South-themed antebellum party resurfaced and led to massive backlash.
She was also alleged to have "liked" racist social media posts in the past.
Rachael issued an Instagram statement apologizing to the “communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended.”
Kirkconnell was “furiously confronted” by Michelle Young over her past “racist” behavior on After The Final Rose, a source exclusively told The Sun.
Young, 27, joined the Bachelor cast after the season started.
The Bachelor made significant cuts throughout the show during group dates and one-on-one dates in the previous episodes.
Springs, 25, is a communications manager from San Francisco.
She works for a large social media company but it's not immediately clear which one.
Are The Bachelor’s Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell together?
According to blogger Reality Steve, confirmed that Matt did not propose to Rachael at the final rose ceremony and they are not engaged.
Following the hometowns episode, Reality Steve tweeted that Matt and Rachael broke up.
Reality Steve was referring to Matt James' statement on the controversy surrounding Chris Harrison's recent comments and the photos of Rachael Kirkconnell.
"The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life, and while there are several episodes left of the season, it is important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming, including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison," James wrote.
"The reality is that I'm learning about these situations in real time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking to put it bluntly.
"Chris's failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch.
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"As Black people and allies immediately knew and understood, it was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short of addressing adequately for years."
Matt concluded: "I will continue to process this experience, and you will hear more from me in the end."
What's next for The Bachelorette?
The Sun previously exclusively revealed that Katie Thurston will be announced as the next Bachelorette.
Chris Harrison will not host the next season of The Bachelorette.
It was announced on Friday that former Bachelorette stars Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will take over as the hosts.
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