'The Bachelor': Why Matt James and [SPOILER] Probably Won't Make It

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Spoiler Warning: If you don’t know who wins Matt James’ season of The Bachelor, stop reading now!!

Ok, so now that we’re all on the same page, we all know who wins Matt James’ season. But if you’re looking for an update and some more details, we’ve got you covered.

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Where the Couple Currently Stands

First, it’s important to know that Steve previously revealed that Rachael Kirkconnell won this season, but did not walk away with an engagement ring. During The Bachelor finale, Matt did not propose to Rachael but, as of the writing of this article, the two are currently still together.

But Steve was quick to note that Matt is still too immature to settle down. He wrote,

“I don’t think they will [make it] but not because he didn’t propose. I don’t think they’ll make it because I don’t think for a second Matt is ready for a serious relationship, and never was.”

Steve may not be that far off. It’s no secret that Matt has never been in love prior to The Bachelor and has never had a serious relationship.

After all, if Matt, Tyler Cameron, and Hannah Brown’s “Quarantine Crew” taught us anything, it’s that Matt’s still a party boy at heart.

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A Rough Start to the Relationship

Matt and Rachael have already had a lot to overcome and the season hasn’t even ended yet.

Numerous racist images of Rachael have surfaced online including photos of Rachael at a plantation/antebellum sorority formal in which she is dressed in the racially-based role of the Southern Belle.

After much anticipation, Rachael finally released a statement online apologizing for her racist past. She wrote,

“At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

You can read Rachael’s full statement, as well as reactions from her castmates and her family, in our blog post here.

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Matt previously defended Rachael in an interview with ET, where he only vaguely alluded to her racist actions. He said,

“There’s a lot of stuff going around about the women that were involved in the show. I would just give them a chance to kind of have their piece, whether that is someone who was gone night one or someone who went home last night. Everyone has a story, and I would just be receptive to that.”

You can read the rest of his comments here.

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A Bad Track Record

As if that isn’t a bad enough start to their relationship, Matt and Rachael will also have to beat the odds if they want to be endgame.

Bachelor Nation couples who have stayed together are few and far between, especially for couples that win The Bachelor (The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise both have slightly better track records).

In fact, the only couple that left The Bachelor together and stayed together is Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici from season 17.

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A Not-So-Happy-Ending

All this is to say that, like most of his predictions, Steve’s hunch that Matt and Rachael won’t make it down the aisle is most likely correct.

The couple would truly have to have a strong foundation if they want to make it last and, as we all know, The Bachelor doesn’t exactly provide them with that foundation.

Oh, well. We’re ready to move on to Katie Thurston and her season of The Bachelorette anyways.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.