Who Is Patty James? About Matt’s Mom on ‘The Golden Bachelor’ – Hollywood Life

Patty James: 5 Things to Know About Matt’s Mom Who Is Looking for Love on ‘The Golden Bachelor’

It's Patty James' time to shine! Matt's mom is vying for Gerry Turner's heart in the first season of 'The Golden Bachelor.'

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  • Patty James is Matt James’ mom.
  • Patty is a contestant on The Golden Bachelor.
  • Patty is from Durham, North Carolina.

Bachelor Nation fans fell in love with Patty James during Matt James’ season of The Bachelor. Now that her son has found love with Rachael Kirkconnell, the 70-year-old is looking to find a soulmate as well. “I’m looking for someone who cares about family like I do,” Patty said in her introduction video.

When ABC revealed the cast for the inaugural season of The Golden Bachelor, fans were so excited to find Patty among the women looking to capture Gerry Turner’s affection. HollywoodLife has all the key info you need to know about Patty.

Patty James

Patty Has Two Kids

Patty is obviously mom to Matt, 31, who we got to know during The Bachelorette season 16 and eventually his season of The Bachelor. Patty also has an older son named John. John is a rapper who has been making music for several years under the name “John The Scorpio.”

Patty Worked as a Real Estate Agent

Patty is now retired, but she worked as a real estate agent in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina for many years, according to her LinkedIn. Prior to working in real estate, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in psychology. She took some time off from her real estate career to raise her sons.

Patty Has an Ex-Husband

Matt’s parents divorced when he and his brother, John, were young. Matt initially did not share exactly what happened but hinted that infidelity led to the split. “I saw what infidelity looked like at a young age,” he said on The Tamron Hall Show. When Matt’s dad, Manny James, appeared on The Bachelor, he admitted to cheating on Patty and said he was “not proud” of it. Patty left Manny after he cheated on her.

Matt is Very Close to His Mom

While Matt’s relationship with his father hasn’t always been the best, he’s had a close relationship with his mom from the beginning. In honor of her 70th birthday in March 2023, Matt penned a heartfelt message to his mother. “The greatest gift I’ve received from mom was my introduction to You. I pray I can be half the human she has been and walk as fearlessly in faith as she has. Continue to bless our little family and take care of Ms. Patty; in your holy name I pray, Amen,” he wrote on Instagram.

Patty Wants Grandkids

Patty has been wanting the James family to expand since Matt’s journey on The Bachelor began. “I think that the grandkid counter for my mom started when the announcement was made,” Matt joked when he was announced as the Bachelor. “She wants a basketball team. I’ll have a minivan — that’s the max!”