BACHELOR Matt James revealed that he was "falling in love" with contestant Rachael Kirkconnell.
Rachael was recently caught in a storm of backlash from Bachelor Nation fans for her "problematic" social media history.
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Who is Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell?
Rachael is a 24-year-old graphic designer from Cumming, Georgia.
Her Bachelor bio reads: "With beautiful eyes and personality to match, Rachael is a southern sweetheart with a close-knit family.
"Though Rachael says she is a hopeless romantic to her core, she has never been in love and believes that Matt may just be the guy to change that."
Rachael "is hoping that her love story will be something huge and life altering.
"She wants to look back on her life when she's old and feel like she has made the absolute most out of every single day."
For Rachael, few things are better than a good movie, good wine and charcuterie boards.
Except maybe finding the man of her dreams.
"At the end of the day, love is what makes your life more special than others," she said.
"Life can be hard and really difficult and dark at times, but if you have someone by your side that loves you more than they love themselves, that makes it all worth it in the end."
Why is there backlash against Rachael?
The reality show contestant’s controversial social media past has come back to haunt her as pictures depicting “racially insensitive” content have resurfaced.
Bachelor Nation has recently dug up alleged social media activity from the Georgia native.
In one photo allegedly posted by Rachael, 24, that was labeled as “offensive,” she can be seen wearing a Native American costume.
Fans are also furious at the brunette graphic designer’s past Instagram engagement.
Screenshots grabbed by fans allegedly show Rachael – who fans think wins this Bachelor season – “liking” a series of “racists” pictures posted by her friends.
She was also dragged after photos resurfaced of the reality star attending an "old South" party at a plantation in her college years.
The Bachelor contestant appeared to attend the troubling event at Georgia College & State University in 2018.
The reality contestant’s cousin, Anastasia, insisted Rachael is absolutely "not racist" during an exclusive interview with The Sun, though she called the photos "hard to defend."
The intense backlash has taken a “huge toll” on the reality star as her parents are also in a “terrible mental place” due to the harsh comments she continues to receive.
Who are Matt James’ final four?
*** SPOILER ***
Spoiler king Reality Steve has been spilling some secrets in anticipation of the series start.
Steve has recently spilled who he believes the final four will be.
Kirkconnell, Michelle Young, Serena Pitt, and Bri Springs will make the final cut, according to Steve.
However, he is not as sure about Springs being in the final four.
"I do not know who the 4th girl is, although I was told it was Bri Springs, I haven’t gotten the confirmation I needed," Reality Steve writes.
"But since I’m just laying out everything for you that I was told pre-season, there you go.
"If/When I get solid confirmation, I’ll let you know if Bri is in fact the 4th girl. Doesn’t mean she finished in 4th place.
"I’m just trying to give you the 4 girls that got hometown dates. Serena P., Rachael, and Michelle definitely did."
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