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Matt James Addresses “Negative Depictions of Black Fathers” After Reuniting With His Dad

Matt James is speaking out about the tough conversation he shares with his estranged father on The Bachelor.

The 29-year-old reality star took to social media on Monday, March 8 to address the emotional exchange that viewers witnessed earlier in the evening between himself and dad Manny James on the ABC dating series. Matt, who was raised by his mom, said it’s tough for fans to watch the chat without knowing the outside factors that may have been involved.

“Tonight’s convo with my dad was hard to experience, and it’s just as hard to watch all this time later, especially knowing the world is watching with me,” Matt posted. “I just wanted to say that too often, we see dangerous stereotypes and negative depictions of Black fathers in media. And they have consequences when presented without context.”

He continued, “All I hope is that people watch that conversation with nuance, care and also an understanding that there are real systemic issues at play. I’m so proud of myself for being vulnerable, and I’m so proud of my mother. I wouldn’t be who I am without my dad. That’s a fact.”

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