Matt James is making headlines as the first black lead in the momentous 25th season of ABC’s hit romance reality series, ‘The Bachelor’.
Thousands of fans are swooned with the latest heartthrob of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Matt James. After all, why not? He is a complete package! He has strong family values and a successful career.
Many will meet the 29-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love for the first time.
‘The Bachelor’ Season 25 will be one for the history books as Matt James makes the first-ever black lead in the show’s franchise.
Fun fact: Good Morning America announced James as the next Bachelor on June 12, 2020.
Unlike previous Bachelors, James has not appeared on any of the franchise’s shows (The Bachelorette or Bachelor in Paradise). Previous lead contestants Colton Underwood and Peter Weber were selected after fans enjoyed them on ‘The Bachelorette’.
ABC decided to accelerate James ascension as ‘The Bachelor’ due to franchise facing demand for more diverse casting.
Although the official trailers suggest plenty of drama for the Bachelor Nation fans, the show premiered on Jan 4, 2021! Before we get to the end of Matt’s journey, let’s have a peek at what’s coming.
Here’s everything you need to know about ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ Matt James.
Matt James Age, Birthday and Sun Sign
James was born on 5th December 1991, in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, in the US. He is 29 years old and his sun sign is Sagittarius.
Matt James Ethnicity & Family
The US television personality is the son of Manny and Patty James. Growing up, James was raised by his mother. In addition, James is biracial, having a white mother and black father. Therefore, he identifies as black.
Matt James Education
James graduated from Sanderson High School in 2010 before obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wake Forest University in 2015.
Matt James Net Worth
The real estate broker and charity founder, Matt James is worth an estimated $250,000.
How did ABC choose Matt James?
James was originally cast in the 16th season of ‘The Bachelorette’ starring Clare Crawley. However, the entire filming was derailed due to the ongoing pandemic. Given the benefit of time, ABC learnt more about James and agreed he would make the perfect Bachelor for Season 25 of the show.
What does Matt James do?
James is an American television personality and businessperson. Before moving to NYC, he worked at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Presently, he works as an associate broker for CBRE Group, Inc., a commercial real estate service and investment company in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, Matt has co-founded ABC Food Tours along with fellow Bachelor Nation alum Tyler Cameron. The non-profit organization provides underprivileged children with food from local restaurants in NYC. He and Cameron have also released a line of merchandise which sells phone cases, notebooks, sweatshirts and mugs online.
Matt James personal life and his bromance with Tyler Cameron
James and Tyler Cameron have known each other since Wake Forest University days. The two have played football together and were best friends and roommates in New York City.
Fun fact: Cameron’s mother nominated James to be a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ before she passed away.
Where is Matt James’ season being filmed?
Like Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ seasons, ‘The Bachelor’ Season 25 will be filmed in a bubble without any exotic getaways. The show is being filmed at the luxury Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, the dates, hometowns, and fantasy suites (and *fingers crossed* an engagement) all will take place at the resort.
Matt James season contestants
This season, like several that came before, features a bunch of incredible young women. Heather Martin from Colton Underwood’s season of ‘The Bachelor’ is returning as a potential suitor for Matt.
It’s an unexpected comeback for Martin, who quit Underwood’s season since ‘she wasn’t ready’ for him to meet her family.
Notable contestants include Kit Keenan, daughter of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley; Mariela “Mari” Pepin, Miss Maryland USA 2019 and top 10 finalists in Miss USA 2019; Abigail Heringer, the first-ever hearing-impaired contestant on the series; Sydney Johnson, daughter of former New York Giants running back coach and current University of Maryland analyst Craig Johnson; and Catalina Morales, who was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2015 and competed at Miss Universe 2015.
Here are all the women vying for James’ heart!
|Abigail Heringer||25||Client Financial Manager||Beaverton, Oregon|
|Alana Anne Milne||26||Photographer||Toronto, Canada|
|Alicia Mae Holloway||24||Professional Ballerina||New York|
|Amber Lynn Andrews||30||Nursing Student||Costa Mesa, California|
|Anna Redman||24||Copywriter||Chicago, Illinois|
|Bri Springs||24||Communications Manager||San Francisco, CA|
|Brittany Galvin||23||Model||Chicago, Illinois|
|Carolyn Vallejo||30||Journalist||Los Angeles, CA|
|Casandra Suarez||25||Social Worker||Newport Beach, CA|
|Catalina Morales||29||Former Miss Puerto Rico||Caguas, Puerto Rico|
|Chelsea Vaughn||28||Runway Model||Brooklyn, New York|
|Corrinne Jones||22||Marketing Manager||Pomfret, Connecticut|
|Emani Curl||25||Realtor||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Illeana Pennetto||25||Health Food Developer||New York|
|Jessenia Cruz||27||Social Media Marketer||San Antonio, Texas|
|Kaili Anderson||26||Hostess||Chicago, Illinois|
|Katie Thurston||29||Bank Marketing Manager||Renton, Washington|
|Khaylah Epps||28||Healthcare Advocate||Durham, North Carolina|
|Kim Li||28||ICU Nurse||Los Angeles, CA|
|Kimberly Courneya||28||Airline Recruiter||Seattle, Washington|
|Kit Clementine Keenan||21||Fashion Entrepreneur||New York|
|Kristin Hopkins||27||Attorney||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Lauren Maddox||29||Corporate Attorney||Miami, Florida|
|Magi Tareke||32||Pharmacist||Adwa, Ethiopia|
|Mariela “Mari” Pepin||24||Marketing Director||Odenton, Maryland|
|Marylynn Sienna||28||Event Coordinator||Studio City, California|
|Michelle Young||27||Teacher||Edina, Minnesota|
|MJ Snyder||23||Hair Stylist||Hudson, Ohio|
|Pieper James||23||Graduate Student||Happy Valley, Oregon|
|Rachael Kirkconnell||24||Graphic Designer||Cumming, Georgia|
|Ryan Claytor||26||Dancer/Choreographer||Brooklyn, New York|
|Saneh Ste Clare||25||IT Consultant||Denver, Colorado|
|Sarah Trott||24||Broadcast Journalist||San Diego, California|
|Serena Chew||24||Flight Attendant||San Francisco, CA|
|Serena Pitt||22||Publicist||Toronto, Canada|
|Sydney Alexa Johnson||28||Marketing Specialist||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Victoria Larson||37||Queen||Los Angeles, CA|
With women from diverse backgrounds making an appearance on the show, fans are off to a great start!
Matt James dating history, past relationships and ex-girlfriends
James has previously dated one of the Bachelor contestants, Madison Nelson, who hails from Indiana. The 27-year-old Nelson is currently based in New York City & works for IBM.
This is the only known relationship of Matt.
Matt James Instagram
Yes, the town’s most eligible bachelor is on Instagram. Handle: @mattjames919.
Matt James Twitter
The realtor also has his social media presence on Twitter. Username: @mattjames919
Matt James LinkedIn
You can give the entrepreneur’s LinkedIn profile a peek here:
Matt James Height
The young businessman is a little over 6 feet and 5 inches.
Matt James Biography
|Date of Birth||Dec 5, 1991|
|Current Residence||New York|
|Profession||Real Estate Broker|
|Past Relationships||Nelson Madison|
|Height||6′ 5″ (195 cms)|
Is Matt James ready for Marriage?
Since Matt James is a newcomer and viewers know very little about him, it makes Season 25 of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ even more interesting. His previous virtues and vices haven’t received any public attention.
Therefore, could he be ready for marriage? Bachelor Nation has questions they’re hoping will be unravelled through the course of the season.