Bachelor candidate Rachael Kirkconnell was seen in public on Wednesday for the first time since she was embroiled in controversy over her past racist social media posts.
The 24-year-old graphic designer was spotted in New York City wearing sporty outfits, just a day after spending time with ex Matt James.
Kirkconnell flaunted her slim figure in a black cropped tank top with spaghetti straps, which showcased her toned stomach.
Finally spotted: Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, was first spotted in New York on Wednesday after her multi-year-old racist social media posts came to light and a day after meeting her ex Matt James.
She lightened up the understated look slightly with a pair of gray sweatpants, which she wore in her shiny white Nike high top sneakers.
The reality TV star also had a denim jacket draped over her arm in case of a sudden cold snap.
She wore her dark locks parted in the middle and cascaded down her back, and she wore a black cloth mask to help slow the spread of Covid-19.
Sporty: Kirkconnell flaunted his slender figure in a black cropped tank top with spaghetti straps and gray sweatpants tucked into his white Nike tops
Kirkconnell flaunted her slender figure in a black cropped tank top with spaghetti straps, which showcased her toned tummy
Its exit comes after Instagram account Deuxmoi posted photos of Kirkconnell and her ex-flame James on a date in New York on Tuesday.
Despite the reunion, a source close to the situation told People that the two men were “just friends.”
Back in the market, Matt shifted his focus back to working on projects in the community, an insider close to him told People.
Spotted: Its exit comes after Instagram account Deuxmoi posted photos of Kirkconnell and his ex-flame James on a date in New York on Tuesday; Rachael and Matt pictured
Just Friends: Despite the reunion, a source familiar with the situation told People the couple were “just friends”; Rachael and Matt pictured
Matt and Rachael started dating after dating on The Bachelor.
While there was no engagement, Matt and Rachael ended the series by professing their love for each other and agreeing to continue their relationship off-camera.
However, it wasn’t long before controversy created a wedge between the pair.
Controversy: James split from Rachael after photos of her attending a plantation-themed party surfaced, with the approval of posts from her friends wearing pro-Trump MAGA hats
Photos of Rachael attending a plantation-themed party in 2018 have surfaced, along with other problematic content.
The photos landed not only Rachael in the hot water, but host Chris Harrison, who championed the behavior in an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. This ultimately led him to retire from the franchise.
Chris and Rachael have both apologized on several occasions for their actions.
In the end, Matt and Rachael’s relationship did not survive controversy, and the former single admitted he ended the relationship after the photos surfaced.
Back: Now back in the market, Matt has shifted his focus back to working on projects in the community, the source said.
Controversy: Chris Harrison landed amid Kirkconnell scandal after standing up for himself in interview with Rachel Lindsay
“You want to believe that you know your person better than anyone who knows your person. This controversy swirling around who Rachael is and the events she may have attended, photos she loved and people she is associated with, ”he said on After The Final Rose.
“I try to be there for her, and I dismissed them as rumors because that’s what they were to me. You hear heartbreaking things and you just pray that they’re not true. And then, when you find out that they are, you question everything, ”he added.
Discussing the “weight” of seeing Rachael for the first time on the stage, he told Good Morning America: “It hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt the weight of everything I wore throughout the season and what we were dealing with as a country and having to explain that – why I think this is problematic for me and our relationship – which was extremely difficult.
Not meant to be: Ultimately, Matt and Rachael’s relationship did not survive controversy, and the former bachelor admitted he ended the relationship after the photos were published.