Matt James ended up handing out his final rose and surprisingly went to Rachael Kirkconnell, who has been in the headlines recently after photos of her resurfaced in a 2018 formal antebellum planting fraternity. .
But during the “After the Rose,” ceremony hosted by Emmanuel Acho, James said he had broken up with Kirkconnell after the controversy.
“When I questioned our relationship, it was in the context that you didn’t fully understand my Blackness and what it means to be a black man in the United States,” James told Kirkconnell during Monday’s episode. “It broke my heart, because this is the last conversation I thought we would have. I didn’t sign up to have this conversation.”
Kirkconnell then apologized and said he had been “living in ignorance” and “I never wondered what the tradition was behind this? What does this represent?”
“I could have easily asked myself these questions. I never took the time to establish that connection.”