Able to get down on one knee? Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell could also be a Bachelor Nation couple, however, he isn’t in a rush to place a (Neil Lane?) ring on it.

“Did Rachael let you know to ask that?” the 30-year-old First Impressions creator joked on an upcoming episode of Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast about proposing sooner or later. “I wouldn’t be with somebody that I wasn’t contemplating marrying, particularly at this level in my life. We’ve talked about dwelling in an identical metropolis and what these subsequent steps appear like. Every part’s on the desk.”

James, who met Kirkconnell, 25, on season 25 of The Bachelor, which aired in 2021, later relocated to Miami after dwelling in New York Metropolis.

“It’s good being down in Florida now. I feel Rachael was [hesitant about] Miami earlier than I moved down there as a result of its, like, the get-together connotation, however after spending a variety of time down there, [she’s] warming as much as the very fact — no pun supposed — of being down there,” he advised Us of the Georgia native. “It’s been a pleasant transition out of New York.”

The previous soccer participant opens up in regards to the couple’s journey, which included Kirkconnell coming beneath hearth for allegations of being racially insensitive previously, for the first time in his memoir, out Tuesday, Might 3.

      “Once you’re in that Bachelor bubble, like, it’s such an intense expertise that you simply don’t know what’s and isn’t actually since you’ve obtained all these women saying they love you,” James advised Us about how they moved previous the present. “You’ve obtained the stress to suggest to somebody. And all this, like, ancillary, ‘Similar todo that, do that, do that.’ After which for every little thing to occur the way it [did] it’s, like, ‘I understand how I really feel. I simply have to validate that.’ And I simply wanted to take a step again and be sure that these emotions have been there they usually have been.”

James added that the twosome “permitting ourselves to have a relationship outdoors of” Bachelor Nation has been the “neatest thing” for the pair to develop.

“We’re not placing our relationship up in opposition to any person else. We’re not doing these items to indicate that we’re in a very good house as a pair, like, we’re simply dwelling our lives and simply making an attempt to be actual with one another,” he defined. “And that’s been our saving grace. It’s simply been doubling down on realness and leaving the phony stuff for different folks to do. It’s actually that straightforward and it’s been a lot of enjoyable to dwell life with Rachael — that’s my greatest pal now. It’s enjoyable and simple.”

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When requested whether or not navigating the present and the scandal was a “communication crash course,” James admitted they’re a piece in progress.

“I’m engaged on the communication half. She’s laughing,” he advised Us as Kirkconnell listened in. “It’s brick by brick, you understand, you gotta examine issues off as you go. I’m not a refined boyfriend, however, I’m getting there. She’s actually good about expressing how she feels within the second versus harboring stuff.”