Bachelor vet Matt James holds on to his bikini-clad girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell


‘Happiness’: Bachelor vet Matt James holds on to his bikini-clad girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell during romantic beach holiday in Greece

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell have been on vacation at the Calilo hotel in Papas Beach, Ios Island, Greece this week.

And on Thursday the 29-year-old former Bachelor lead shared stunning images with  his curvy girlfriend, 25.

The brunette beauty from Georgia was in a strappy bikini as he lifted her up in his arms. He also posed with her on the shore as they packed on the public displays of affection.

When in Greece: Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell have been on vacation at the Calilo hotel in Papas Beach, Ios Island, Greece this week

When in Greece: Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell have been on vacation at the Calilo hotel in Papas Beach, Ios Island, Greece this week

Beach babes: And on Thursday the 29-year-old former Bachelor lead shared stunning images with his curvy girlfriend, 25

Beach babes: And on Thursday the 29-year-old former Bachelor lead shared stunning images with his curvy girlfriend, 25

In his Instagram caption he wrote, ‘Happiness.’ 

The couple met while working on the 25th season of the hit ABC dating show and were previously the focus of a controversy centered on Kirkconnell’s past.

The graphic designer came out on top of 36 other contestants to win the final rose during the season finale.

However, it was later revealed that she had participated in an Antebellum South-themed ball during her days in college.

The gang: The brunette beauty from Georgia was in a strappy bikini as they posed with their friends

The gang: The brunette beauty from Georgia was in a strappy bikini as they posed with their friends 

So much beauty everywhere: He also showed off the rocky coastline that has mini pools

So much beauty everywhere: He also showed off the rocky coastline that has mini pools

An immediate backlash from fans of the franchise occurred, and Kirkconnell was met with accusations of racism for her participation in the event.

Bachelor franchise lead Chris Harrison also found himself embroiled in controversy after he appeared to defend her actions during an interview with Rachel Lindsay.

He later apologized to Lindsay for his choice of words during their sit-down, although he was ultimately let go from the franchise.

They survived scandal in the past: They had a brief split after they met on the Bachelor

They survived scandal in the past: They had a brief split after they met on the Bachelor

A view to kill for: The view of the Mediterranean was incredible

A view to kill for: The view of the Mediterranean was incredible

Good times had by all: They ran into two cute little sheep on leashes

Good times had by all: They ran into two cute little sheep on leashes

Kirkconnell also made a public apology for her actions, and she split from James not long after she shared her thoughts.

The real estate broker initially expressed that he would not reconcile with his former partner, although they were spotted spending time together in April of 2021.

Despite the contentious time, the pair reconnected and were each other’s dates to the ESPY Awards in July.   

James and Kirkconnell have been going strong ever since, and regularly make appearances on each other’s social media platforms.

‘I love doing this life with you,’ Kirkconnell recently wrote in a November photo update. ‘Thank you for always showing me how beautiful and fun it can be, whether it’s checking off a bucket list item or enjoying a slice of pizza. 

‘It’s fun being in love with your best friend.’

He brought his mother along: Here the reality TV star was seen with his mother Patty James

He brought his mother along: Here the reality TV star was seen with his mother Patty James

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