Bachelor spoilers: Who does 'The Bachelor' star Matt James pick as his winner? Who did Matt end up with on 'The Bachelor's 2021 finale (SPOILERS)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/21/2021
Bachelor spoilers have continued to surface regarding The Bachelor's 2021 season starring Matt James -- including spoilers revealing Matt's alleged Final 4 bachelorettes, Final 2 women, and who The Bachelor star ended up with and picked as his winner.
[Bachelor Spoilers Warning: This report contains spoilers for Matt James' 2021 season of The Bachelor, including who Matt picks as his winner and his Final 2 and Final 4 bachelorettes and will spoil the season.]
Matt's The Bachelor edition wrapped filming around November 21, according to Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone.
"I am floored. How can he give [Victoria Larson] a rose? She is just the worst. But I do have to admit that she's a good actor," said Marylynn, whom Victoria had called toxic and manipulative.
"There is drama between other girls too, but nobody decided to bring it to Matt except for Victoria. Losing Matt over something like this just sucks."
But one girl Matt seemed smitten with, Sarah Trott, quit the show because she was facing insecurities and had been "attacked" by the other women at The Bachelor resort.
Sarah, who was extremely emotional for days and ostracized herself from the rest of the cast, also told Matt that she missed her family terribly. Sarah simply felt like she couldn't give Matt her best self and that he deserved more.
"It doesn't mean I'm going to stop thinking about you and praying for your dad [who battles ALS] and thinking about your family. When you're ready, some guy is going to be extremely lucky, and I'm bummed it's not me," Matt told Sarah prior to her exit.
"But I've learned so much from you already and what it means to sacrifice... I'm going to miss you."
The 18 women Matt has left on his journey include Abigail Heringer, a 25-year-old client financial from Salem, OR; Anna Redman, a 24-year-old copywriter from Owatonna, MN; Bri Springs, a 24-year-old communications manager from Owatonna, MN; and Chelsea Vaughn, a 29-year-old runway model from Marietta, GA.
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Jessenia Cruz, a 27-year-old social media marketer from San Antonio, TX, also still remains, along with Kaili Anderson, a 26-year-old hostess from San Diego, CA; Katie Thurston, a 29-year-old bank marketing manager from Lynnwood, WA; Kit Keenan, a 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur from New York, NY; and Khaylah Epps, a 28-year-old healthcare advocate from Bronx, NY.
Matt will also continue dating Lauren Maddox, a 29-year-old corporate attorney from Miami, FL; Magi Tareke, a 32-year-old pharmacist from Adwa, Ethiopia; Mariela "Mari" Pepin, a 24-year-old marketing director from Luquillo, Puerto Rico; MJ Snyder, a 23-year-old hairstylist from Hudson, OH; and Pieper James, a 24-year-old graduate student from Happy Valley, OR.
And finally, Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old graphic designer from Cumming, GA, is still in the running for Matt's heart as well as Serena Chew, a 24-year-old flight attendant from San Bruno, CA; Serena Pitt, a 22-year-old publicist from Markham, ON; and Victoria Larson, a 27-year-old self-described "queen" from New York, NY.
So which bachelorette walks away with Matt's final rose and did The Bachelor star find lasting love? Keep reading for The Bachelor Season 25 spoilers.
Chris said Matt is now "a different man than when he came to us" when filming began.
"He got really a crash course because he didn't get the few steps of being on the show. He really just ripped the Band-Aid off and sometimes that hurts a little bit," Chris shared.
"So, I think he had a bit of a rude awakening of the man he is, the way he loves [and] what love means to him."
Chris teased that fans will take a really "amazing journey" with Matt, "not just as the Bachelor but also as this man who realizes, 'Wow, okay, this is love and this is what it means and I'm really here to find this.'"
Chris also admitted that production had a thing or two to learn given their leading man hadn't appeared on a previous The Bachelorette season, which is when cast members learn the ropes of filming.
Carbone had previously reported that The Bachelor welcomed five additional women onto the show after Matt's second Rose Ceremony of the season, followed by a sixth "familiar face" -- whom Chris had mentioned -- later on.
"The (SPOILER) is, after Rose Ceremony #2, they bring 5 women in," Carbone tweeted on December 11.
According to Carbone the five additional bachelorettes who joined the season after the second Rose Ceremony were Brittany Galvin, a 23-year-old from Chicago, IL; Catalina Morales, a 29-year-old from Caguas, Puerto Rico; Kim Li, a 28-year-old from Cypress, CA; Michelle Young, a 227-year-old from Woodbury, MN; and Ryan Claytor, a 25-year-old from Mechanicsville, VA.
In addition to revealing additional bachelorettes joined the season after Night 1, the season preview ABC aired at the conclusion of The Bachelor's January 4 premiere also showed former The Bachelor bachelorette attempts to join Matt's group of suitors at some point in the season.
Carbone clarified on his blog that Heather did not join the show after the second Rose Ceremony like the other five women.
"[This means] all in all, Matt meets 38 women (original 32, the 5 that come after Rose Ceremony #2, then whenever Heather shows up) at some point this season, which is more than any previous 'Bachelor' did in history," Carbone wrote in a blog post.
"Why did they hold 5 women from the group of original 43 for two Rose Ceremonies before bringing them on? Because they can?... They do it for dramatic purposes."
Carbone believes Hannah put Heather up to appearing on The Bachelor since the women are such great friends and Hannah became close to Matt while she was quarantining with him and Tyler in Florida earlier this year.
"Clearly Hannah told [Heather] this would be a good idea since she's friends with Matt (you know, Quarantine Crew and all), and I guess convinced Heather she thought the two of them would get along," Carbone explained.
While it's unclear when exactly Heather made her appearance, Carbone reported that her stint on The Bachelor's 25th season didn't last long.
In fact, Carbone revealed in a December blog post Heather only stuck around for a few hours!
"Here's what I know: [Heather] doesn't show up the first night, it's somewhere after filming is already started, and she's literally there only a few hours as Matt sends her home the same day she arrives," Carbone wrote.
Carbone doesn't know why Matt chose to give Heather the boot so early.
"I don't know Matt's reasoning for sending Heather home so quick... But Heather showing up on Matt's season and getting eliminated the same day, well, kinda embarrassing," Carbone wrote.
Heather was a 23-year-old from Carlsbad, CA, when she appeared on Colton's The Bachelor edition.
"There's obviously more that would go home during that time, but these women I know aren't major players at all this season," Carbone wrote, before rattling off his list of rejected bachelorettes.
Seven of the twelve bachelorettes on Carbone's list were among the eight women Matt sent home at the season's first Rose Ceremony (Casandra was the only Night 1 eliminee missing from his list).
Four more bachelorettes on Carbone's list were among the five women Matt eliminated at The Bachelor season's second rose ceremony, leaving Khaylah Epps, a 28-year-old from Bronx, NY, as the only bachelorette on the list still in the running for Matt's final rose at the conclusion of Season 25's third episode.
Carbone acknowledged his spoiler information is much spottier than prior season given Matt's The Bachelor season followed the same format as last year's The Bachelorette season and was filmed at a single resort.
"So kinda like last season, I have information about things, but not necessarily full details," Carbone wrote in his blog.
"[The spoilers] ended up being right in the end, but the details surrounding it weren't there," Carbone explained in his January 4 blog post.
"Not knowing Ben actually went home at [the final] 4 then came back, or when Brendan eliminated himself. So it makes it tougher to know how much is true. Same deal this season as I have things I was told, but without details behind it, you just never know."
Carbone claims he only knows three of Matt's Final 4 bachelorettes for certain.
Carbone reported Serena Pitt, a 22-year-old from Markham, ON; Rachael Kirkconnell, a 24-year-old from Cumming, GA; and Michelle Young -- one of the five bachelorettes who joined the show after the second Rose Ceremony -- made it to Matt's Final 4.
"I do not know who the 4th girl is," Carbone admitted.
However, Carbone has heard that Bri Springs, a 24-year-old from Owatonna, MN, also made it to Matt's Final 4 women.
"I haven't gotten the confirmation I needed... If/When I get solid confirmation, I'll let you know if Bri is in fact the 4th girl," Carbone wrote in his blog.
"I was told 'Michelle and Rachael were final 2,'" Carbone claimed in his blog.
Matt's BFF Tyler visitedThe Bachelor star on-location while the season was filming and revealed in an early December vlog 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."
(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 questions if Rachael's alleged victory is 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.
Carbone said all signs are pointing to Rachael winning.
The spoiler blogger said he expects to hear more details as Matt's season unfolds on TV.
"But that's what I got for you right now," Carbone concluded.