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The Bachelor hometowns 2021 LIVE – Matt James to meet Rachael Kirkconnell's family TONIGHT amid racism controversy

THE BACHELOR star Matt James is set to meet the families tonight as they travel to see the real estate broker in quarantine-style.

Matt’s top four for hometown dates are: Rachael Kirkconnell, Michelle Young, Serena Pitt, and Bri Springs.

The Bachelor's relationship with Rachael has been heating up week over week, despite the racism controversy. Neither Matt or Rachael have publicly addressed the scandal.

Due to Covid the families will be traveling to see Matt in Nemacolin. Stay tuned until the end of the episode for a preview of next week's Women Tell All.

🌹 Follow all the latest news and stories on The Bachelor live blog below…

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    MEET MATT JAMES' MOM

    Matt has said his mother is his "greatest inspiration" and he is excited to give her a "basketball team" of grandchildren.

    The 29-year-old grew up with mom, Patty, and his brother, John, in North Carolina. 

    On The Bachelor, Matt revealed the his parents split “before he could remember.”

    In a 2019 interview, the reality star said that his dad has been “absent” throughout his life. 

    The 6'5" star made it more clear that he was raised by only his mother as he wished her a happy Father’s Day this past June. 

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    HANNAH B AND MATT JAMES

    Hannah B and Matt James met through former Bachelorette contestant Tyler C.

    Tyler, Matt, Hannah, and friends all quarantined together at Tyler's Florida home when the pandemic hit earlier this year.

    Hannah opened up on a podcast to former Bachelorette alum Kaitlyn Bristowe to reveal the advice she gave to Matt once it was announced he would become the new Bachelor.

    “My biggest thing for him is just, like, remember who you are,” Hannah, 26, said on an episode of the “Off the Vine” podcast.

    “These are your choices, it’s your life. Prepare.”

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    WHO ARE SERENA PITT'S PARENTS?

    Serena's parents are Rasna Pitt, who is Indian, and Bill Pitt, who is white.

    The Pitts married on September 16, 1995, according to an announcement on Bill's Facebook page.

    Proud mom Rasna often shares news from her daughter's Bachelor experience on her Facebook page, which is also peppered with loving family photos.

    "From Prom to the Bachelor," she captioned a photo collage of her daughter at prom and Serena's wearing the same glamorous gown on the reality program.

    Bill expressed how proud he is of Serena in a post of his own, saying: "As her Dad I couldn’t stop her so I might as well support her!" 

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    MICHELLE YOUNG FOR THE WIN?

    Although Michelle joined the series late, the green-eyed beauty caught Matt's eye early on and is rumored to make it very far.

    Michelle hails from Woodbury, Minnesota.

    The upcoming contestant only recently joined Instagram, with three photos on her account.

    She is an elementary school teacher and reportedly one of five additional contestants brought in to switch things up after the second rose ceremony.

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    FORMER BIP STAR SLAMS CHRIS HARRISON

    Kendall, 29, spoke to David Yontef on his Behind The Velvet Rope podcast about the changes that she believes both Chris and the Bachelor Nation as a whole need to address.

    The reality star admitted that she doesn't "agree with how Chris" handled the situation, and hopes to see genuine "growth in him."

    She shared: "I honestly, I don't agree with how Chris conducted himself. I think he could've conducted himself so much better.

    "And I think a lot of what he said, like made me cringe and I was like, I, it, it doesn't seem like the Chris that I knew."

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    HOMETOWN'S TONIGHT

    ABC released a dramatic new clip from tonight's hometowns episode.

    Frontrunner Michelle Young breaks down in tears as her mom asks her if their romance is 'moving too fast'.

    Matt also emotionally tells the camera that one of the girls couldn't see themselves as his wife.

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    WOMEN TELL ALL

    Stay tuned at the end of tonight's episode as there will be a preview for the highly anticipated Women Tell All.

    Fans are speculating the new Bachelorette will be introduced during the episode.

    You can watch The Bachelor's Women's Tell All episode on ABC.

  • michelle.ganney@the-sun.com

    FIRST PICTURES OF RACHAEL

    The Bachelor star Rachael Kirkconnell has been pictured out and about for the first time since she publicly apologized for her “racist” past actions.

    She's been laying low at her parents' home in Cumming, Georgia, a source told The Sun, but broke cover to get her hair done at a local salon.

    The outing comes after photos of the beauty attending an Old South-themed antebellum party resurfaced and led to massive backlash.

    Rachael is currently considered a favorite to win the affections of Matt James, the first ever African-American Bachelor on the hit ABC dating show.

  • John Hall

    KELLEY UP NEXT?

    Kelley has hinted at her openness on becoming the next Bachelorette should the opportunity present itself to her.

    In a game of true or false on her Instagram stories, a fan probed:

    "True or False? You would [be] the bachelorette if you were asked…"

    She replied on her Instagram Story, "I would definitely consider it!"

  • John Hall

    MORE OPTIONS

    28-year-old Kelley Flanagan, who first appeared on screens as a contestant on Peter Weber's season of The Bachelor, is another name that has been thrown into the hat.

    Despite ending up together, Kelley and Peter split in early 2021. The former contestant took to Instagram to reflect on the breakup.

    "2021 has been a rough start but if I've learned anything the last couple of days, it's to keep pushing through no matter what life throws at you," she wrote.

  • John Hall

    WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BACHELORETTE?

    There are several contestants from Matt's season that stand out as the next potential leading lady.

    Bri Springs, Abigail Heringer, Katie Thurston, and Michelle Young are all possible contenders from Matt's season to lead the 17th season of The Bachelorette.

  • John Hall

    WILL MATT TRAVEL?

    Hometown dates will play out similarly to Tayshia Adam's season due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    "Their families came to Nemacolin just like on Tayshia's season where their families traveled to the location of filming due to COVID," gossip blogger Steve Carbone wrote.

  • John Hall

    STEVE SAYS

    "I do not know who the 4th girl is, although I was told it was Bri Springs, I haven’t gotten the confirmation I needed," Reality Steve writes.

    "But since I’m just laying out everything for you that I was told pre-season, there you go.

    "If/When I get solid confirmation, I’ll let you know if Bri is in fact the 4th girl. That doesn’t mean she finished in 4th place.

    "I’m just trying to give you the 4 girls that got hometown dates. Serena P., Rachael, and Michelle definitely did."

    Reportedly, Rachael and Michelle will finish top two.

  • John Hall

    When are hometown dates on The Bachelor?

    Hometown dates will air Monday, February 22.

    Reality Steve has posted about who he believes Matt's final four will be.

    Rachel Kirkconnell, Michelle Young, Serena Pitt, and Bri Springs will make the final cut, according to Steve.

    However, he is not as sure about Springs being in the final four.

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