‘The Bachelorette’ star Rachel Recchia plays coy about new romance amid dating speculation

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The Bachelorette star Rachel Recchia has played coy about a new man in her life after sparking dating speculation with her recent social-media activity.

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When asked if there’s a new guy in her life, Rachel toldUs Weekly, “I don’t know!”

“Pure speculation. I don’t know,” Rachel added while walking the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Late last month, Rachel posted a blurry photo of what appeared to be a man’s forearm with tattoos all over it via Instagram Stories.

In the photo, Rachel’s hand was apparently resting on top of a restaurant menu and there was a glass of red wine on the table, suggesting the pair had gone out on a date.

The photo was reposted across social media and fans immediately began wondering if Rachel is in a new relationship and this post served as the “soft launch” of her romance.

Bachelor Nation been speculating Rachel’s alleged new man is a singer named Dylan Matthew, who allegedly has tattoos resembling what was in the flight instructor’s picture.

Rachel and Dylan also follow each other on Instagram. Not only that, but Dylan also follows Rachel’s new California roommate, Bachelor in Paradise alum Genevieve Parisi.

Another sign that points to Rachel and Dylan dating is fans’ observations that Rachel and the singer simultaneously posted similar photos of the same big Christmas tree via Instagram Stories earlier this month.

Regardless of whether Rachel is currently single or not, Rachel told Us that she’s “grown so much” since competing for Clayton Echard’s heart on The Bachelor’s 26th season and then starring on The Bachelorette’s nineteenth season.

“I had to watch myself make so many mistakes on the show, which I’m glad and I did learn from. I’m taking all those lessons into my new dating life and figuring out what I really want,” she shared.

Many fans believe Dylan is the guy whom Rachel had mentioned during the November 8 episode of the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast co-hosted by Becca Kufrin and Michelle Young.

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Rachel, who seemed to be over her broken engagement to The Bachelorette 19 winner Tino Franco, revealed, “I’m obviously taking it slow, but I actually did go on a date last week.”

Rachel confirmed the date went “well,” adding, “And there is a second date in the future.”

While Rachel chose not to unveil the man’s identity at the time, she disclosed he works in the music industry and is not a member of Bachelor Nation. Rachel said he’s just a “random person” who slid into her DMs.

“We just went and got coffee,” Rachel shared last month, calling the date “casual.”

Rachel hinted there was “maybe” a kiss at the end of the date, and she acknowledged how this man is “very different” from her usual type.

“Which is nice!” Rachel noted. “Sometimes you have to explore and see, so he’s definitely different from my type. But he is so cute!”

Rachel, however, said she initially struggled to adjust to dating in the real world.

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“I don’t know how to date not on a camera,” Rachel joked of being inside The Bachelor bubble.

“How do you date outside of sitting down and being like, ‘Tell me everything about your life right now in this next five minutes — go!’… Do I give him a Date Card? Do I say, ‘Meet me at the coffee shop, XO, Rach?’ Like, what do I do?”

When Rachel spoke to Becca about her love life, she said she’d only be interested in a stint on Bachelor in Paradise if Michelle would join her on the beach in Mexico.

“I will not go without her,” Rachel said.

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But Rachel said she’d “absolutely” star on The Bachelorette again if she’s be guaranteed to find her person.

“I mean, the thought of doing it again in any capacity is so scary,” Rachel said on the “Off the Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe” podcast in October.

But she added, “I do feel like I am in the spot where I do want [to date again], but I’m not, like, on the dating apps… [or] actively going out and trying to date.”

Rachel explained how she just wants a commitment from a man and to be done with dating.

“The fact that I find myself now in the same position [as I was in before The Bachelor], I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ I wanted to find my person,” Rachel lamented.

“I want to get married, I want to start a family. That’s where I’m at in my life. I don’t want to go back to the streets, and now I’m forced to! Literally!”

Rachel revealed on The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose in late September that she called off her engagement and split from Tino in August because he had been unfaithful to her and failed to fully explain himself or give a sincere apology for the other relationship, which allegedly climaxed with a kiss.

“This is certainly not how I wanted it to end,” Tino insisted on “The Viall Files” podcast in October.

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“I wanted to be with her forever, [but I told her] the time we spent together meant so much and still does. Even after [After the Final Rose], I can still appreciate her setting the bar really high on how a woman can treat somebody in a relationship.”

During his interview with The Bachelor alum Nick Viall, Tino recalled why exactly his relationship with Rachel had fallen apart and why he ultimately cheated on the flight instructor.

Tino also revealed he had locked himself in a bathroom before his The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose appearance to cry and that he had initially thought — after his cheating scandal — that Rachel wanted to work things out with him.

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About The Author:
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski

Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.

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