He went on, "That's really all I needed. It was an ultimatum that I needed. It's been great. It was honestly a commitment that we made to each other that we were going to work on the relationship."
Matt admitted, "There came a point in time where it was evident that my working on the relationship looked different than Rachael's because I wasn't really honoring that commitment that I made to working on the relationship.”
Matt chose Rachael during the Season 25 finale in March, but the pair revealed on the “After the Final Rose” special that they were no longer together. The couple’s split stemmed from resurfaced images of Rachael attending an antebellum party in 2018, as well as liking racist social media posts. She later apologized for her actions.
He now tells the “Pomp” podcast, "There were rough patches in our relationship [and] we actually broke up for a moment. We're back together [now]. Everything we've been through, everything she's been through, she's stuck right by my side. She's continued to have a positive attitude. It's one of the many things I love about her."
The couple started sparking reconciliation rumors in early April, and by the end of the month James told People, “I've seen Rachael a handful of times. I'm not pursuing any relationships right now outside of that. I said I was going to focus on my relationship with her and that means focusing on it."