Bachelor spoilers: Who does 'The Bachelor' star Matt James pick as his winner and end up with? Did Matt pick Rachael Kirkconnell? How does 'The Bachelor's 2021 season end? (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/18/2021
Bachelor spoilers revealing what happens in the final days of Matt James' 2021 season of The Bachelorhave emerged -- including spoilers about Matt's Final 3 bachelorettes, his runner-up pick, who The Bachelor star ended up with and picked as his winner, and whether Matt is engaged.
[Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report features massive spoilers -- including spoilers that reveal who Matt James picked as his winner and ended up with, The Bachelor star's runner-up pick, and Matt's Final 3 bachelorettes.]
Matt narrowed down his cast of bachelorettes to only four women in the latest episode.
Matt's Final 4 bachelorettes 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 selected his remaining four bachelorettes after two one-on-one dates, a group date and two Rose Ceremonies in one episode.
Matt's first move was to eliminate newcomer Heather Martin in order to not make any waves and keep the original bachelorettes happy.
Matt then decided to oust Chelsea Vaughn, a 29-year-old runway model from Marietta, GA, and Serena Chew, a 24-year-old flight attendant from San Bruno, CA, at a Rose Ceremony.
Matt subsequently chose to send Abigail Heringer, a 25-year-old client financial from Salem, OR, home during a group date.
And following Abigail's exit, Kit Keenan, a 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur from New York, NY, decided to quit the show because she didn't think she'd be ready to get engaged at the end of the process, much unlike most of Matt's other contenders.
Matt then eliminated Jessenia Cruz, a 27-year-old social media marketer from San Antonio, TX, during a one-on-one date, followed by Pieper James, a 24-year-old graduate student from Happy Valley, OR, at the subsequent Rose Ceremony that determined Matt's Final 4 women.
Matt previously told his best friend Tyler Cameron that he could envision himself getting down on one knee at the end of the season.
At this point in his journey, Matt is "falling in love" with Rachael, and he may have those feelings for more than one woman.
Matt has said multiple times that his wife is among his remaining bachelorettes.
Rachael said during her second one-on-one date with Matt, "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."
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And Michelle is also completely smitten with The Bachelor star.
"I am fully invested in Matt," Michelle told the cameras. "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."
Serena P. and Bri's feelings for Matt are a bit behind the others, but will they have time catch up and express themselves?
Who will receive roses after hometown dates and which bachelorettes finish as Matt's Final 2 bachelors? And who won Matt's heart? Keep reading for The Bachelor Season 25 spoilers!
Spoilers for Matt's hometown dates and Final 3 bachelorettes
The Bachelor is set to air its eighth episode Monday, February 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC, and Matt will be shown meeting Michelle, Rachael, Bri and Serena P.'s families.
The season's hometown dates filmed at Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"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 next episode, the four girls will be ecstatic to introduce Matt to their loved ones.
"This week is everything. I'm really looking forward to Matt meeting my family," Bri gushes.
And Rachael says, "I want them to ask the hard questions. It's so important to get their stamp of approval."
But the dates will have their fair share of 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?" And Michelle replied by nodding her head "yes."
Bri is also hesitant to tell Matt how she really feels about him, as a relative warns Bri to continue protecting her heart.
And one of Serena P.'s loved ones points out, "To me, you don't seem smitten [with Matt]."
Rachael's father also expresses concern over his daughter being in love with someone after just a few weeks of getting to know him.
In addition, it appears a skydiving date goes wrong, with Matt running to Rachael after her rough landing!
After the girls admit they're afraid to get their hearts broken, Matt says, "Everything I've been working towards is starting to crumble."
In a January 21 post, Carbone revealed Matt had chosen to eliminate Serena P. after the hometown dates and so she finished in fourth place.
Serena's ouster therefore left Bri, Michelle and Rachael as Matt's Final 3 bachelorettes heading into overnight Fantasy Suite dates.
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."