Matt James was announced to be the first black Bachelor in June 2020. It had been a long time coming for ABC to add some diversity into their casting and James was blessed to be breaking the mold. On Goodmorning America, June 12, he said “I don’t think it’s ever the wrong time to do the right thing. We can’t have change until we put that first foot forward. I think there’s a lot of people in that situation where they’re uncomfortable dating outside their race. And hopefully again it paves the way for a lot of diverse love stores, because those are beautiful stories.”
And this isn’t the only first for the season 25 Bachelor. James said that he hasn’t ever been in love and also doesn’t know what a rose ceremony is. That’s right, he had to learn what a rose ceremony is and how to navigate one.
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