Inside Bachelor Matt James' Relationship With His Dad Today

On his season of "The Bachelor," Matt James reunited with his estranged father. Matt and his dad, Manny James, haven't had the best of relationships, though Matt never really opened up too much about what caused their long-standing rift. In an interview with Tamron Hall back in January, Matt talked about being raised by his mom, Patty James. He also revealed that he "saw what infidelity looked like at a young age," as his father cheated on his mother, ultimately ending the marriage. "I saw family members that were against the relationship and doubling down on it after seeing the infidelity between my dad and my mom," Matt told Hall at the time. His parents' divorce weighed heavily on his mind as he tried to find love on a reality television show.

In the penultimate episode of "The Bachelor," fans got to meet Manny for the first time. According to Reality Steve, Matt was unaware that his dad was going to show up at Nemacolin Resort ahead of the show's finale. However, the two men sat down for a talk, which was filmed, of course. And while things didn't appear to go swimmingly at the time, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Matt accepted the apology that he received from his father. Flash forward a few months, and many fans are curious about Matt's relationship with his father today. Read on to find out whether or not Matt and his dad have been able to move forward. 

Matt James opened up about the relationship he has with his father today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal

Matt James and his father are in a much better place following the time they spent together while filming "The Bachelor." In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Matt shared that his relationship with his father has gotten better since they talked things out. "The conversations I had with my mom, my brother and my dad weren't in vain. After the show, I reached out to my pops, and we talk on a regular basis now. He's taken steps to make amends with the rest of the family and be a better dad to his kids," Matt said.

Matt and his dad aren't the only people who have been moving forward since "The Bachelor" finale. After breaking things off with Rachael Kirkconnell, Matt is giving that relationship a second chance as well. She confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that she and Matt are indeed back together, and that it has been "helpful to have privacy," referring to dating Matt without the "Bachelor" cameras following their every move.