The controversial contestant, one of the last four women in contention to win James’ heart, had a hard landing while skydiving during a date with him. She yells “Oof” as she falls to the ground face to face with her instructor in the tandem parachute.
James, who had already landed safely, rushed over to Kirkconnell as she lay on the ground. “Rachael literally hit the ground, hard,” he said.
Kirkconnell said her back was aching and she looked bruised, but she continued with the day-long date. She later said that James’ care impressed her. The bachelor revealed that seeing her in distress made him realize he felt love for her.
But many fans on Twitter did not feel so sympathetic after allegations about Kirkconnell’s racist past emerged, including photos of her attending a slavery-era plantation-themed party and loving photos with Confederate flags on social media. (She later apologized for her “offensive and racist” actions.)