Bachelor spoilers: Who did Matt James pick as his 'The Bachelor' winner and runner-up? Did Matt end up with Rachael Kirkconnell? Who are 'The Bachelor' star's Final 2? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/22/2021
Bachelor spoilers revealing the ending of Matt James' 2021 season of The Bachelor have continued to surface -- including spoilers about The Bachelor star's Final 2 bachelorettes, his runner-up, who Matt picked as his winner and ended up with at the final Rose Ceremony, and if Matt and his finale pick are still together now!
[Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report includes spoilers that reveal Matt James' Final 2 bachelorettes, who finished as Matt's runner-up, who The Bachelor star picked as his winner and ended up with, and if they are still together now.]
Matt's Final 4 bachelorettes heading into hometown dates are Bri Springs, a 24-year-old communications manager from Owatonna, MN; Michelle Young, a 27-year-old teacher from Edina, MN; Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old graphic designer from Cumming, GA; and Serena Pitt, a 22-year-old publicist from Markham, ON.
Matt appeared to have a difficult time narrowing down his cast of ladies.
As for Kit Keenan, a 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur from New York, NY, she opted to quit the show because she couldn't imagine herself being ready for a marriage proposal, much unlike most of Matt's other remaining bachelorettes.
Matt also eliminated Jessenia Cruz, a 27-year-old social media marketer from San Antonio, TX, during a one-on-one date as well as Pieper James, a 24-year-old graduate student from Happy Valley, OR, during the Rose Ceremony that determined Matt's Final 4 women.
Matt already said he's falling in love with Rachael, and it appears he's developing similar feelings for other women as well.
In fact, Matt told his best friend and The Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron that he could see himself getting down on one knee at the end of his journey to find love.
In terms of how the women feel about Matt, Rachael and Michelle appear to be a little further along in their feelings going into hometown dates.
"I truly could not be happier right now. I am head over heels in love. Get on one knee right now; it's a done deal," Rachael gushed in a confessional.
And Michelle, who arrived late in the game, is also crazy about The Bachelor star.
"I am fully invested in Matt," Michelle shared with the cameras.
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"He is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. He's the person I want to have a family with. Getting sent home at this point, my heart is going to be broken."
The Bachelor airs its next episode on Monday at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
Matt will meet his Final 4 bachelorette's families at Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus pandemic and Matt being unable to travel around the United States.
"Their families came to Nemacolin just like on [Tayshia Adams'] season where their families traveled to the location of filming due to COVID," Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone wrote in his blog.
Based on the preview for the upcoming episode, Rachael is desperate for her loved ones' approval but the hometown dates aren't without drama.
"I've never seen Rachael in love, so I'm not quite sure what that looks like," says Rachael's mother.
And Michelle admits she's "terrified" of proceeding on the show.
Michelle's mother asks her daughter, "Is this too fast for you?"
Matt's BFF Tyler visitedThe Bachelor star on-location while the season was filming and revealed in an early December video log that Matt seemed "extremely happy."
"He loves his girls... He spoke so highly of them," Tyler shared. "He's really pushing himself to be vulnerable and put himself out there, and I think you're got to get a great season and a great Matt."
Tyler predicted, "I'm excited to see how all of this ends here, because Matt seems genuinely happy. I think we're going to get the ending we all want and have been missing for a while."
According to Carbone, Matt also receives a surprise visit from his seemingly-estranged father, whom Matt has told multiple women about in conversations this season.
Matt revealed his father wasn't around much when he was growing up and his mother raised his brother and himself. Matt also gravitated towards friends with big families to fill that void and said his parents didn't set a good example of what a marriage should be.
"Just like last season where I reported [producers] were trying to get [Kelsey Weier]'s dad to show up for her hometown date, I guess they succeeded with Matt's," Carbone wrote in a January 26 blog post.
"I don't know the outcome. If it was contentious, if Matt got closure, if it's a touching moment, etc. Not sure."
In a preview The Bachelor has aired multiple times, Matt is shown sitting down outside on a curb as host Chris Harrison asks if he's okay. Matt replies, "No, I'm not."
Carbone now believes this scene had to do with the appearance of Matt's father.
"Either he'd just met him or was just told his dad is there to speak with him," Carbone reasoned.
"I know immediately people will think this is a low blow by the show because clearly they didn't consult Matt beforehand. Which is why I think that this meeting between Matt and his dad probably ends cordially at least."
Carbone doesn't think Matt's conversation with his father ended badly or else the show would look bad for not asking for Matt's consent first.
Regardless of the outcome, Matt's chat with his dad was likely a tough one and probably very emotional.
"But when it's over, Matt probably feels better," Carbone predicted. "I can't imagine for the life of me that Matt calls it a disaster/walks off set/f-bombs production for bringing him on, etc."
Carbone, however, clarified how he does not know the end result of Matt and his father's conversation.
(Peter got engaged to Hannah Ann Sluss at the Final Rose Ceremony after Madison quit the show in second place. After Peter and Hannah Ann split, Peter briefly reunited with Madison but the pair never really got their relationship off the ground and broke up within a few days).
"I never ran with it because I was never convinced it was that easy. And it ended up being wrong anyway," Carbone explained.
"Maybe Rachael did win. All I'm saying is that if she did, she, her family, and her friends are doing an awful job of keeping it secret."
Carbone therefore questioned if Rachael's alleged victory was another situation in which someone started a false rumor about her winning and it then spread like wildfire.
"I'm not 100 percent sold on it yet, but, I'm just telling you that's the one I've heard most," Carbone wrote.
The spoiler blogger said he expected to hear more details as Matt's season unfolded on TV, "but that's what I got for you right now."
However, in his January 21 blog Carbone announced he had now gotten full confirmation that Rachael had in fact received Matt's final rose.
"Tuesday night into yesterday, I got the confirmation I needed about this seasons spoiler: Matt chose Rachael and is still with her," he wrote.
"I know it's been out there, but I don't base my spoilers on what anyone else reports. Never have, and never will. Been hearing it was her for a while but never felt fully secure saying with certainty he chose her."
In January, Matt was caught listening to and "liking" one of Rachael's Spotify playlists, leading viewers to believe he must have picked her as his winner at the season's final Rose Ceremony.
Matt's actions were visible in his public Spotify history, which he seems to have not realized was publicly available.
Rachael's playlist, titled "Night Drive," had a whopping 77 songs on it.
Some of the artists or groups represented on Rachael's playlist included The Mary Onettes, The Chainsmokers, The Districts, Flume featuring Beck, The Weeknd, Daft Punk and Joji.
Matt was subsequently asked about his Spotify activity in an interview with Entertainment Tonight reporter Lauren Zima, who is the girlfriend of The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.
However, Matt tried to brush off the matter and suggested that -- in what would be a dramatic departure from the usual behavior of prior The Bachelor leads -- he has remained in contact with several of his bachelorettes since his season finished filming in November.
"There's a lot of music that I've taken from a bunch of women on the show. I've listened to [Kit Keenan]'s playlist, I've listened to [Michelle Young]'s playlist," Matt responded.
"I think that people are very eager to find any tea," Matt acknowledged, "and you know, lucky for me, I had a very good group of women and I've taken a lot of what I've learned from them and applied it to my life."
Matt even pointed out the shirt he was wearing for his video interview was inspired by Kit's fashion given she's the daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley.
"A lot of the things I'm doing going forward were taken from my time with these women," Matt concluded.
While Carbone stated Matt and Rachael are still together as a couple in his January 21 blog post, he clarified he wasn't sure they got engaged at The Bachelor season's final Rose Ceremony or if the couple may have gotten engaged since.
"I do not know if they're engaged or not," he wrote.
However on February 2, Carbone reported he had now confirmed Matt and Rachael did not get engaged at The Bachelor season's final Rose Ceremony.
"Matt did not propose to Rachael. They are still together today though," he wrote in a blog post.
"Everyone will basically say this relationship has zero chance because it doesn't have that 'label' of engagement, even though that's never mattered in the past since so many don't make it any way," he added.
"But I can already tell you him not proposing will immediately have people giving the hot take that these two won't make it. I mean, I don't think they will either, 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."
Earlier this month, Rachael finally broke her silence and released a lengthy apology for prior offensive and racist behavior that came to light and surfaced online after The Bachelor premiered on ABC in January.
Given the widespread media coverage Rachael's racism scandal has attracted, some viewers have wondered if Matt and Rachael's status may have changed since Carbone's February 2 blog post in which he stated Matt and Rachael were still together.
However the couple's relationship status has not changed, according to Carbone.
"They are still together," he reiterated in a February 17 blog posting.
"Matt and Rachael are still together and will be come [After the Final Rose]. I don't see that changing. After that? Anybody's guess.," he added later in the blog post.
"Just think of how hard it is to make it as a couple in this franchise when everything is great and America loves you. Matt and Rachael don't have much support publicly, they're living through the biggest scandal this show has ever seen, and they can't address it publicly for another month. Gonna be real tough for these two to make it in the long run.