Who Is Matt James? Everything You Need to Know About the New ‘Bachelor’

Here’s everything you need to know about the season 25 lead.

By now, Matt James is a name you’re likely familiar with, as the first-ever Black Bachelor lead in the series’ wildly successful 25-year history. James is being hailed by fans and ABC alike as the start to a new era for a franchise that has often been accused of misstepping — and while we’ll still be holding them accountable for broader changes in how they approach casting, producing, and more, we have to say that James is a promising start. At six feet, five inches tall, James is literally and figuratively head and shoulders above past Bachelors. The more we learn about this 28-year-old heartthrob, the more we fall in love.

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He’s Very Tall

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He’s Close with His Mother

I know I mentioned this already, but I’ll say it again: 6’5″. Ladies, bring your highest heels.

James features his mom (“Miss Patty”) often on his page, saying how much he loves and admires her. We love to see it!

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He Lives in New York City

James works as a real estate broker for CBRE, but that’s hardly his full-time job. He’s also an entrepreneur, community activist, and…

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Yes, He’s Modeled

His Instagram bio says it plain and simple: Believer. Many of his captions quote Bible verses or praise God.

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He’s Best Friends with Tyler Cameron

James played football at Wake Forest University, and apparently can still run a 6:20 mile.

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He’s Passionate About Helping Others

James and Cameron co-founded ABC Food Tours, a program that gives the kids of underserved communities opportunities to explore NYC. He came up with the idea after passing a group of young kids on the Lower East Side and then learning from their principal how much of the elementary school population was homeless. Since then, it’s grown into a massive operation for physical and mental wellness in underserved communities.

This isn’t exactly a fact about him, but watch the above and try to tell me you disagree.

♬ computerized love – jubyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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