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Rachael Kirkconnell, Matt James’ Relationship in ‘Great Place’

Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James.
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Still going sturdy! After a rocky journey instantly following Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James’ tenure on The Bachelor, the couple is doing higher than ever.

“We’re in a great place,” the Georgia native, 24, solely advised Us Weekly on the Alice+Olivia by Stacey Bendet Spring 2022 NYFW Presentation. “We just needed to take that time away from everyone and really figure everything out, and I think that we were just so sick of the outside noise and we were like, ‘You know what? We need to just put all of that aside and really focus on our relationship and how we feel about each other and nothing else.’ It’s been so so incredible.”

The graphic designer famous how the pair haven’t tried to place an excessive amount of stress on their future since reuniting earlier this year.

“I think we honestly enjoy just taking it one day at a time,” the truth character mentioned of her relationship with the previous Bachelor, 29. “Of course we talk about the future often, but I think the best thing for us right now is not putting any pressure on the relationship because that’s what everyone else does to us every single day and we get that question every single day.”

She continued, “It’s like ‘When are you guys getting engaged? Are you guys engaged yet?’ And, of course, we talk about it but it’s just been nice to not have that pressure for the last few months because that’s all our relationship was in the beginning.”

The pair have been exploring a long-distance, bicoastal relationship since James lately relocated to Los Angles forward of his stint on season 30 of Dancing With the Stars.

“So I’ve been splitting time ever since he’s been out there,” Kirkconnell defined. “I’ll be out there next week again because the premiere’s on the 20th so it’s been fun going, you know, being a little bicoastal.”

Before the ABC Food Tours founder’s California transfer, he was based mostly in New York City, which is a metropolis that the previous Bachelor contestant has liked spending time in whereas visiting her beau.

“I would love to move here permanently,” she added. “It’s pretty tough right now. I feel like everyone flocked back to the city once COVID got a little bit better and now I feel like everything’s up in the air again, so I am looking for a place and whatnot, but I love this city and I would love to live here.”

The couple met throughout season 25 of The Bachelor, which premiered on ABC earlier this year. They briefly cut up in March after Kirkconnell’s previous racially insensitive social media exercise resurfaced. One month after the emotional After the Final Rose particular, in which they confirmed their separation, the pair had reconciled.

“They each have commitments and work projects so they can’t spend 24/7 together,” a supply solely advised Us Weekly in May in regards to the pair’s recommitted relationship. “They make time for each other and go on trips when they can, but still talk every day when they’re not together.”

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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