Sorry, ladies! Matt James does not appear to have a type, and he set the record straight about his dating history.
“People for some reason think I don’t like Black women,” he said on the Monday, January 18, episode of the “Talking It Out with Mike & Bryan” podcast. “The last women I’ve dated have all been Black women. I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to understand.”
He added: “People should want you to be happy, regardless of if they’re white, they’re Black, they’re Asian, whatever. I’ve dated all across the board.”
“Spanish women, white women, Asian women, Black women,” he said. “What I’m into isn’t race-specific, and when you’re looking for things that aren’t race-specific, you have to have a broad cast of characters to fill all those things, and thank goodness they had it, because it allowed me to enjoy the process the way I did.”
The athlete — who previously revealed that he’s never been in love before — is the first Black Bachelor, and he got candid about what he’s looking for in his future wife.
“A down-to-earth, genuine person,” he said. “And that is ambiguous of what you look like. Because I’ve dated beautiful women — well, I would say I’ve dated people who I thought were beautiful, and then I’ve dated people who other people would be like, ‘You’re dating her?’ The people who they were kind of skeptical about were the best relationships I had because they were caring, they were compassionate, we respected each other.”
At the end of the day, the leading man wants someone "who I can spend my life with and the qualities I’m looking for have so little to do with what you look like and so much more about where you heart is, and what type of person you are.”
So, will James find his other half on the reality show? Only time will tell!
The Bachelor airs on ABC on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.