Matt James is an American television personality, former NCAA football player and businessman best known as the bachelor of season 25 of The Bachelor. He is the first African-American lead for the ABC dating reality television series. He chose Rachael Kirkconnell over Michelle Young on the show but the two didn't get engaged on the finale as reports about Kirkconnell's past racist actions emerged during the airing of the show.
Matt James was born as Matthew James on December 5, 1991, in Raleigh, North Carolina, to parents Manny James and Patty James. He was raised by his mother along with his brother John The Scorpio. He is biracial. His father is a Black Nigerian while his mother is a white American. James is of African-American nationality and black ethnicity.
James attended Sanderson High School from where he graduated in 2010. He then enrolled in Wake Forest University. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Economics degree from Wake Forest University in 2015. While in the university, he played football for Wake Forest Demon Deacons from 2011 to 2014. He is also a former NCAA football player.
Matt James first served PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He then joined a commercial real estate company, CBRE Group, Inc., in New York City. In 2018, James founded ABC Food Tours in New York City, with a goal to educate children about food and exercise.
Matt James and The Bachelorette star Tyler Cameron are longtime friends and they used to play football at Wake Forest University together. Cameron's mother Andrea Cameron nominated James for The Bachelorette before she died.
James was originally about to appear as a contestant on The Bachelorette season 16, starring Clare Crawley but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the filming was delayed so later James was cast as the next Bachelor for The Bachelor season 25. He became the first African-American bachelor of The Bachelor's history.
James chose to pursue a relationship with Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, who is a graphic designer, over Michelle Young. However, as the show was airing on ABC, it was revealed that Kirkconnell had done several racist actions in her past because of which James didn't engage to her on the finale and ended his relationship with his girlfriend Kirkconnell.
Later, James forgave Kirkconnell and reunited with her in April 2021, after the 25-year-old asked for an apology publically. They are now dating again and having a romantic relationship together.
In September 2021, James has also competed on Dancing with the Stars season 30 along with his dance partner Lindsay Arnold. They were eliminated on the fourth week.
According to sportskeeda.com, Matt James has an estimated net worth of $250,000. The website also suggests that his annual salary is around $100,000. He, as of now, make money from brand endorsements.
He owns a beautiful house worth in Manhattan. The house is consists of two bedrooms and two bathrooms.