All the avid viewers of ‘The Bachelor’
probably jumped up in their seats when they got the Good Morning America (GMA)
news that Matt James would be the Bachelor for season 25.
The 28-year-old newest Bachelor appeared on
the show on Friday and shared that he’s honored to be part of the show.
Besides the fact that he’s gorgeous, you
might not know much about Matt James, we’re here to change that right away.
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Here are 5 fast facts or 5 things you need
to know about this season’s Bachelor.
M Matt’s the First Black
Never in the history of the show has there
been a Black bachelor. 2021 will change that, as Matt will be the first Black
Bachelor to appear on the franchise.
Answering a question related to this, he
said on GMA, “In my opinion, I don’t think it’s ever the wrong time to do
the right thing. Too little too late for me is this happening and we can’t have
changed until we put that first foot forward and the first foot forward for ‘The
Bachelor’ franchise is having a black lead, so I’m excited to take on that
Matt also revealed that he hopes that the
cast of women is diverse, and he looks forward to meeting different types of
women coming out of the limo.
The important characteristics he’s looking
for in his partner are honesty, selflessness, compassion, and care. “These
qualities are found in women of all shapes, sizes, and races. It’s not a black
or white thing,” said Matt on the morning show.
The issue of representation has always been
one of the topics of debate regarding the franchise. The president of ABC
Entertainment stated on Friday, in which he said, “We know we have a
responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are
representative of the world we live in and we are proudly in service to our
We will continue to take action with regard
to diversity issues on this franchise. We feel so privileged to have Matt as
our first black Bachelor, and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him.”
He was to Appear on
Clare Crawley’s season ‘The Bachelorette”
It seems like it was in Matt’s destiny to
appear on the Bachelor sooner or later. Before he was cast on this show, he was
also confirmed to participate in Clare Crawley’s season of “The
The show was scheduled to start shooting in
March but it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In his GMA
interview, Matt said that he looks forward to meeting Clare eventually.
Rob Mills, who is the senior vice president
of Alternative Series, Specials, and Late-Night
Programming at ABC
Entertainment said Matt has been on the producer’s list for quite some time.
would have been on Clare’s season if it started in March. When we realized the shutdown was going to
extend through the summer, we started thinking about how we were going to
choose our Bachelor,” he said.
M Matt’s Close Friends
with Tyler Cameron
You might remember the time when Cameron
and Brown were quarantining in Florida with a few other friends. They made
TikTok videos that started rumors that the two might be dating. During that
time, Matt was there with them. Yep!
This is why he’s a familiar face to anyone
who watches The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
You’ll be surprised to hear that Matt and
Cameron go way back. They played football at Wake Forest University and now,
they live together in New York City. In his interview with GMA, Matt paid
homage to Cameron by donning on his famous ‘Salmon Blazer’.
Yes, the same blazer that became a star of
its own on Hannah Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ We admire their
friendship so much; they even have their own ship name #Myler. After all, how
can you not build a strong bond with someone with who you’ve run the Chicago Marathon?
Matt’s an Entrepreneur
In college, Matt played football as a wide
receiver. After college, he became a big giver. Matt founded ABC Food Tours
which is an organization dedicated to working with children that belong to
underserved communities. They take children to different restaurants around the
city and have them try new foods.
In 2019, Matt spoke about how he loves
working with the kids. “They’re at an age
where they’re super impressionable. No one is born racist or rude. These are
all traits that are acquired through influence and experience.
If you can
positively influence these students at this age, you can potentially change the
course of their lives,” he said.
Stands Up for What He Believes In
If you scroll
through Matt’s Instagram, you’ll see that it’s full of quotes from the Bible.
You can tell that these verses are significant to him. Moreover, Matt also
participates in protests and demonstrations for causes he believes in. He
posted a picture of himself and Cameron, on
Instagram on June 8th, from
a protest over George Floyd’s killing.
the photo, Matt
is holding a sign that says “I can’t breathe.” This
sets him apart from the many leads of the show, who remain apolitical.
So, will you accept Matt James rose?
With this information, you’ll have a much
better viewing experience than if you had watched the show without having any
clue about who Matt was. And on that note, happy ‘Bachelors!’
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