BACHELOR Matt James has admitted there is “no future at all” with Rachael Kirkconnell and he will “never” go on the show again. 

The 29-year-old opened up about his decision to split from the Bachelor contestant, even after professing his love for her in the finale. 

Star of the series Matt James ended the show by choosing Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, to give his final rose to. 

And although the pair left in a committed relationship with Matt saying he could not "imagine his life without” Rachael, they have since parted ways. 

Speaking on The Bill Simmons Podcast, the former Bachelor has now spoken about his decision to end things following Rachael’s racism controversy.

Explaining how things happened, Matt revealed he didn’t pay much attention to the racism rumors about his girlfriend until the first week of February – two months after the show wrapped filming.

He went on to say that at that point "everything came to a head" and he could no longer avoid social media speculation.

He said: "You don't want to think that someone knows your person better than you, so I'm taking everything with a grain of salt. As it's continuing to roll out, it just hits a head.

“It continued to come up again, again, and then when it's addressed formally in the statement that Rachael put out, it's a devastating blow."

Following their split, many hoped the two might work things out but Matt has admitted that things were really over for him and Rachael and he doesn't see a future relationship working out between them.

"I think that, for Rachael, there's a lot that we didn't discuss that we probably should've talked about. I probably should've asked her more clarifying questions," he said. "I'm giving her that space to do that. In the meantime, I'm working on myself.

"I'm not going to be dating. I'm solely focused on getting back to that meaningful work in the community and centering myself around projects that are going to elevate all the work I've been doing in the city, special interest things that I appreciate outside reality television.”

The 29-year-old added that although he doesn’t regret going on the show he'd "never" appear on another season.

"[Bachelor in Paradise] is not in my cards," he told the podcast. "That's in someone else's cards, all power to them, but, for me, there's a lot of things I need to focus on outside of reality TV and I'm excited about that."

Matt revealed On The Final Rose that the pair had since split off-camera due to resurfaced photos of Rachael at an “Antebellum” plantation party with deep ties to the Confederacy in 2018. 

He realized how “problematic” she was and decided she needed to do some growing and learning, and that she needed to do so on her own.

He told GMA’s Michael Strahan: ”It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt the weight of everything that I was carrying throughout the season and with what we were dealing with as a country. 

“And having to explain that, why I think it's problematic to me and our relationship, which was extremely difficult."

The aftermath of their breakup was aired in a tension-filled segment on After The Final Rose last night with host Emmanuel Acho orchestrating the strained relationship. 

Rachael sobbed as she told Matt:  "I've never experienced a love like this. I don't see anyone else out there for me. 

“At this point I just don't see how I can have these same feelings for someone else.”

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