The undergraduate candidate, still in the running to win Matt’s heart, raised her eyebrows after photos from her college days resurfaced on Reddit. In the pictures, which E! The news was not confirmed. Rachael was spotted attending a fraternity celebration in 2018 that the Reddit user dubbed an “antebellum plantation themed ball”.

She later apologized in a statement posted on social media. “At some point I didn’t realize how insulting and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” wrote Rachael on February 11. “My age or when it happened doesn’t make any excuses. They are not acceptable or okay in every sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Ultimately, members of Bachelor Nation started and sparked a conversation about race and diversity in the franchise. In fact, undergraduate candidates from Matt’s own season got together to make a statement.