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Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell enjoyed a sporting date night!
The single person couple attended the 2021 ESPY Awards on Saturday night in New York City, smiling together on the red carpet ahead of the awards show. James, 29, wore a plaid suit and sunglasses while Kirkconnell, 24, wore a black dress for the event.
On his Instagram Story, James also shared a photo of ESPYs, posing with sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson – who did not make the women’s 4x100m relay team at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana in practice. athleticism – while mingling. It was Richardson’s first public appearance since she was sanctioned earlier this month.
James and Kirkconnell rekindled their romance after breaking up after filming The single person.
While Kirkconnell received the final rose from James, they revealed on the After the final rose special in March that they broke up after photos of Kirkconnell attending a pre-war plantation-themed party in 2018 resurfaced on social media. She has since apologized and said she is “learning and will continue to learn to be anti-racist”.
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The following month, James flew Kirkconnell to New York to “stay with him,” a source close to Kirkconnell told PEOPLE at the time. The former contestant believed they were going to mend their relationship and was disappointed that it didn’t happen right away.
A woman claiming to be James’ ex said he spoke to her just days before inviting Kirkconnell to stay with him in New York City, which the source said made Kirkconnell believe James had “broken up Her confidence”.
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The couple seemed to have gotten over it all, as James later confirmed to PEOPLE in April that he and Kirkconnell are now dating exclusively. In May, he told the Pump podcast that they got back together after she gave him an “ultimatum”.
“She said to me, ‘If you want to make it work, let’s do it. But, if you don’t want it to work, I’m going to let you do your own thing,'” he said. on time. “That’s really all I needed. It was an ultimatum I needed. It was awesome. It was honestly a commitment we made to each other as we went. work on the relationship. “
James continued, “There were some tough times in our relationship. [and] we actually broke up for a while. We are together again [now]. Everything we’ve been through, everything she’s been through, she’s stuck by my side. She continued to have a positive attitude. It’s one of the many things I love about her. “
The 2021 ESPY Awards, hosted by Anthony Mackie, are broadcast live on ABC from The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the New York Seaport on Saturday.