The Bachelor Matt James Will Have an Emotional Reunion With His Dad

Matt James and his dad Manny are about to have an emotional reunion on The Bachelor during next week’s episode. Their reunion promises to be emotional because Matt’s parents split when he was little. While Matt and his mother were super close, and he actually referred to her as his inspiration in one interview, his father was absent from his life.

Matt James Says His Mother Patty Had Some of the Attributes He Wants In a Partner

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The Bachelor Matt James Will Have an Emotional Reunion With His Dad

Matt James said in an interview that his mom Patty had some of the attributes he wanted in a partner, adding that he was looking for a person who is trustworthy, caring, compassionate, and honest. He said that his mother sacrificed a lot for him and his brother, and he wanted to be the same figure for somebody else and to feel he was loved in much the same way.

While Matt hasn’t shared much regarding his dad, they are set to have an on-screen reunion. In a clip that teased the next episode, Matt was seen confronting his father and having a difficult argument with him. In the past, Matt has said that his mother and father splitting had a great impact on him as a child. He remarked that he saw what infidelity was at a young age and how family members reacted to it.

Matt James Never Saw His Mixed Heritage As Something Out of the Ordinary

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The Bachelor Matt James Will Have an Emotional Reunion With His Dad

Matt James spoke about his childhood on The Bachelor and described how he grew up with his mother and older brother, John. He added that his dad was black and his mom was white, and he never saw that as something extraordinary. Unfortunately, his parents split up before he could remember, and growing up was hard for him as a child in a single-parent home. Still, James felt lucky to have been raised by his mom and in a Christian household. To him, that foundation was everything. It’s still unclear if and when Matt last spoke to his dad before their on-screen reunion.