Matt James Biography
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Matt James is an American television personality who is known for his role in ABC’s The Bachelor season 25 (2021). He was the first black lead for the show. The American is also an entrepreneur, real estate broker, and the founder of ABC Food Tours.
Matt James Age and Birthday
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 5, 1991, James is 29 years old as of 2020. He celebrates his birthday on the 5th of December every year.
Matt James Height
James stands at a height measurement of 6 feet 5 inches, an equivalent of 1.956 meters tall. As seen on many of his social media pictures, he is of a tall stature relative to his surroundings/environment. He played basketball while in both high school and college making good use of his height.
Matt James Family: Parents and Siblings
Who is Matt James Parents? / Mother and Father
James is born to Manny, the father, and Patty Cuculo James, the mother. His mother, Patty raised him in a church setting and she is his biggest inspiration. He has a big brother named John. His parents split when he very young. After the split, his father was absent in their lives, living his mother to raise him. Through his social media posts, the real estate broker has expressed support and love for his mother. In one of his Instagram posts, he wished his mother a “Happy Fathers Day mom..” and in another, he posed with his brother John.
Matt is best friends with Tyler Cameron, The Bachelorette season 15 contestant and runners up. The two runs the ABC Food Tours non-profit organization together. They met in college and he is like a family/a brother to him.
Matt James Education
James attended Sanderson High School where he graduated in 2010. He then went on to join Wake Forest University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2015. In his college years, he played for Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team and wore jersey number 87.
Matt James Girlfriend | Dating? | Married?
James is single as of 2020. He Was looking to find love on the screen through the ABC reality show, The Bachelor season 25.
Matt James Career, Job
James works for a commercial real estate Company, CBRE Group, Inc, in New York. He also founded ABC Food Tours, a non-profit organization that educates children in underserved communities about food and exercise.
Before moving to New York, Matt worked for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh as a corporate & institutional banking analyst. He had also tried the NFL after college with the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints, unfortunately, he did not make the cut.
Matt James The Bachelor
James is the lead cast of The Bachelor season 25 (2021). He had previously gotten a slot as a contestant of The Bachelorette season 16 where Clare Crawley was the lead cast. The television personality becomes the first black to be cast as the lead in the history of the reality series. His ideal date is someone “honest, selfless, caring, and compassionate.” The Season premiered on January 4, 2021, with James meeting all the ladies. The first impression rose went to Abigail Heringer, a 25-year-old from Salem, Oregon.
The Bachelor was also seen to build a chemistry with Rachael Kirkconnell, who also like him, she has never fallen in love as of the time coming to the show from day one.
The Bachelor Contestants 2021
Contestants of The Bachelor season 25 include:
- Amber Andrews
- Abigail Heringer
- Kaili Anderson
- Kristin Hopkins
- Serena Pitt
- Kit Keenan
- Victoria Larson
- Rachael Kirkconnell
- Bri Springs
- Michelle Young
- Katie Thurston
- Sarah Trott
- Serena Chew
- Emani Curl
- Kimberly Courneya
- Saneh Ste. Claire
- Khaylah Epps
- Lauren Maddox
- Chelsea Vaughn
- Pieper James
- Sydney Johson
- Meredith “MJ” Snyder
Final Rose and After The Final Rose
Matt gave Rachael Kirkconnell the final rose. He, however, revealed after the final rose interview by Emmanuel Acho that he had broken up with Rachael following the racism controversy that surrounded her during the period of the show airing. Kirkconnell was said to be a racist after photos of her in an antebellum plantation-themed party in 2018 emerged online. James revealed that when the rumors about Rachael first resurfaced, he” tried to be there for her” but it was after she publicly apologized for the photos he realized “she didn’t fully understand what it meant to be Black in America.”
Matt James Net worth and Salary
James has an estimated net worth of around $250K-300K as of 2020. He has accumulated his worth as a real estate broker and as well as a television personality. The standard rate for Bachelors and Bachelorettes is $100K according to Reality Steve.
Matt is active on Instagram boasting of 492K followers as of December 2020. His Instagram handle is @mattjames919. By the look of his Instagram posts, the television personality loves skating.
He is also active on Tiktok with thousands of followers.