Racheal Kirkconnell may be the frontrunner of “The Bachelor” but her past may have caught up to her.
The reality show contestant has come under fire for her alleged past social media behavior, including allegations of bullying and racism.
While she has yet to comment on the rumors, the object of her affection Matt James shared his thoughts on the matter.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 29-year-old real estate broker said, “I have not spoken to anybody since the show ended, but I would say that you have to be really careful about what you are doing on social media... Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully she will have her time to speak on that.”
James, who identifies as biracial, made history as the first Black man to be chosen as the subject of the hugely popular ABC dating competition series.
In one of the social media posts that have gone viral, a TikToker shared claims that Kirkconnell “bullied me in high school for liking Black guys,” prompting others to come forward with stories that she bullied them, too.
Meanwhile, another TikToker made a video pointing out that Kirkconnell has allegedly liked racist Instagram posts, liked pro-Trump posts, and shared dangerous QAnon conspiracy theories – among other disturbing claims.
“There’s a lot of stuff going around about the women that were involved in the show,” James rationed. “I would just give them a chance to kind of have their peace, whether that is someone who was gone night one or someone who went home last night. Everyone has a story, and I would just be receptive to that.”
During Monday’s episode, the history-making heartthrob had a one-on-one date with the 24-year-old Georgia native and admitted that he could see himself falling in love with her and proposing.
And although he didn’t reveal who he ended up with, James did share that his feelings were real for the graphic designer.
“It was a feeling I hadn’t felt, and... this is nothing that [producers are] telling me to say or do, it’s just, I felt it in the moment and I had never felt it before,” he said.
“Bachelor” contestants aren’t able to address any controversy while the show is airing, so Kirkconnell has expectantly remained mum on the controversy.
Every season, the drama-filled series is plagued by some sort of off-screen drama.