November 2020: James revealed to Kirkconnell he adored her during Fantasy Suites. Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell during "The Bachelor" season 25 on November 10, 2020. Craig Sjodin by means of Getty Images James revealed to Kirkconnell that he adored her during Fantasy Suites, normally thought to be an awful move, since it can warn watchers that somebody is a leader, or it could cause issues down the line with another lady. "Where I'm at with you is, I've gone gaga for you," he told Kirkconnell after the two went skydiving. She reacted: "I'm overwhelmed with passion for you. I'm totally infatuated with you." November 2020: Kirkconnell was James' victor, however he didn't propose. They left the season together. gntm spoiler The two on November 21, 2020. Craig Sjodin by means of Getty Images During the season, James didn't know whether he was prepared to propose, and after discussions with his mom and father, he chose he simply needed to date Kirkconnell and see what their future held. Kirkconnell, as far as concerns her, appeared all good with this choice, and the two remaining the show as a team. January 2021: The season started circulating, and tales about Kirkconnell began getting out and about on TikTok. matt james rachael kirkconnell during the single man Kirkconnell and James on October 15, 2020. Craig Sjodin/Getty Images When the season started broadcasting, obviously Kirkconnell was a significant leader. Nonetheless, simultaneously, in a viral TikTok, a lady blamed Kirkconnell for harassing one of her colleagues in secondary school for dating Black men. Another TikTok blamed Kirkconnell for enjoying bigot and disputable posts on Instagram. Toward the beginning of February, James gave an assertion protecting Kirkconnell. "I have not addressed anyone since the show finished, yet I would say that you must be truly cautious about the thing you are doing via online media," James disclosed to Entertainment Tonight. "Tales are dim and awful and can demolish individuals' lives. So I would assume the best about individuals, and ideally she will have her opportunity to talk on that," he added. February 2021: Photos showing Kirkconnell at a manor themed party in school reemerged. Host Chris Harrison volunteered to protect her. Matt James Chris Harrison James and Harrison. Craig Sjodin by means of Getty Images On February 4, only a couple days after James shielded her, photographs of Kirkconnell at an estate themed party in 2018 showed up on Twitter. Her cousin revealed to The Sun the photos were genuine and "difficult to protect." Harrison went on "Extra" to talk about the debate with Rachel Lindsay, the principal Black Bachelorette, and asked that individuals show Kirkconnell "effortlessness." This worked up its own discussion.