Throughout ‘After the Remaining Rose,’ Rachael Kirkconnell addressed her racism scandal and opened up about Matt breaking apart together with her over the controversy.
Rachael Kirkconnell is constant to take accountability for her previous racist habits. On The Bachelor: After The Remaining Rose, she mentioned the controversy with host, Emmanuel Acho, alongside together with her ex, Matt James. Matt and Rachael left The Bachelor as a pair when filming ended final fall, however have since break up.
“[I] was residing on this ignorance with out even occupied with who it might be hurting,” Rachael stated. “I by no means as soon as requested myself at any level, what’s the custom behind this? What does this symbolize? Why will we put on these clothes? I’m not going to take a seat right here and say I didn’t know any higher. I might’ve simply requested myself these questions. I by no means took the time to make that connection. If I’d’ve taken the time, I simply might’ve understood what was fallacious with it.”
As season 25 of The Bachelor was airing, controversial pictures from Rachael’s previous resurfaced. The photographs in query featured Rachael attending an Previous South-themed social gathering whereas in faculty. A TikTok consumer additionally uncovered offensive pictures that Rachael had appreciated on Instagram, together with one among two different girls standing in entrance of a Accomplice flag. Rachael has issued earlier apologies on social media, however After The Remaining Rose was the primary time that she addressed the controversy on tv.
“I don’t wish to sit right here and blame my upbringing or the place I grew up,” Rachael continued. “In my eyes, there’s no excuse. I bought lots of people saying, ‘That is regular the place I grew up.’ I feel that folks want to understand that simply saying, ‘That is regular the place I cam from, or widespread the place I got here from,’ that doesn’t make it proper or okay.”
Rachael confirmed that she’s been educating herself in latest weeks, however is conscious that nothing will change till she places that schooling into play. She additionally opened up about how upset she was for hurting Matt. “When he first referred to as me to finish issues, my preliminary response was I used to be very confused,” Rachael stated. “As soon as that preliminary response went away, I thought of how robust our relationship was, so for him to finish issues, he should’ve been very, very damage by every thing. It was exhausting as a result of I misplaced the love of my life, however within the technique of that, I damage him by doing so.”