CONFIRMED! Matt James’ Mom On ‘Golden Bachelor’

Matt James and Patty James/Credit: ABC YouTube

After years of build-up, ABC is ready to premiere the first-ever senior Bachelor. And now we know exactly who will be competing for Gerry Turner’s Final Rose. The cast list confirms rumors that Matt James’ mom is taking part in The Golden Bachelor. Keep reading for everything we know about the inaugural season so far.

Is Matt James Still With Rachael Kirkconnell?

Matt James had a tumultuous season on The Bachelor. Cast as a lead in 2020 for Season 25 amid racial discord across the country, he was the franchise’s first Black lead.

Shortly into the season, photos surfaced of frontrunner Rachael Kirkconnell attending a party on a plantation. By the time the photos came to light in the real world, the show had already been filmed and Matt James chose Kirkconnell as the winner, though he skipped the traditional proposal.

The couple revealed during the After the Final Rose special that they broke up over the public pressure from the scandal. But that didn’t last long. They reunited a few months later. Are they still going strong?

While there is always speculation about the status of their relationship, their respective Instagrams reveal that they are still happily together.

In fact, they just spent the weekend in California, according to Kirkconnell’s Instagram Stories.

Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James/Credit Rachael Kirkconnell Instagram
Rachael Kirkconnell and Matt James/Credit Rachael Kirkconnell Instagram

Will Matt James’ Mom Find Lasting Love On The Golden Bachelor?

ABC first teased the idea of a Bachelor featuring older people back in 2020. The COVID pandemic put those plans on hold. But earlier this year, they revived the idea and Bachelor Nation fans had many casting suggestions.

At one point, fans were clamoring for Gabby Windey’s grandfather to be the lead on a senior Bachelor. At the time, Windey was a contestant on Clayton Echard’s season of The Bachelor.

She didn’t win Clayton’s heart but went on to star in a joint season of The Bachelorette with Rachel Recchia. Gabby Windey recently revealed that she’s bisexual and dating a woman.

ABC announced earlier this year that Gerry Turner is the lead on the first season of The Golden Bachelor. He doesn’t have any connection to Bachelor Nation, though his daughters are fans of the show.

Rumors were also circulating about Matt James’ mom as one of the women appearing on The Golden Bachelor. Both Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell previously claimed they had no idea if the rumor was true or not, per US Weekly.

However, the August 30th release of the names of 22 women appearing on The Golden Bachelor reveals that the rumors are true – Patty James could find lasting love with Gerry Turner.

The 22 women all fit within an age range of 60-75, with Patty James landing somewhere in the middle at 70. Many fans noted during her appearance to support Matt James on Season 25 of The Bachelor that his mom looks a lot like singer Celine Dion.

The network also dropped a video that shows what each woman looks like, along with their name. Check it out below:

Are you rooting for Matt James’ mom to get Gerry Turner’s Final Rose? Share your thoughts on her casting on The Golden Bachelor in the comments below.

Don’t miss the premiere on ABC on Thursday, September 28, at 8 P.M. Eastern. Season 9 of Bachelor in Paradise follows The Golden Bachelor at 9 P.M. Eastern.

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