The Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell pictured for first time since 'racism' scandal as she hides out at parents' house

THE BACHELOR star Rachael Kirkconnell has been pictured out and about for the first time since she publicly apologized for her “racist” past actions.

Graphic designer Rachael, 24, has been laying low at her parents' home in Cumming, Georgia, a source told The Sun, but broke cover to get her hair done at a local salon.

In The Sun's exclusive photos from Saturday afternoon, Rachael was wearing a baggy light blue jacket, pink leggings and white Nike sneakers together with a face mask.

The outing comes after photos of the beauty attending an Old South-themed antebellum party resurfaced and led to massive backlash.

She was also alleged to have "liked" racist social media posts in the past.

Rachael is currently considered a favorite to win the affections of Matt James, the first ever African-American Bachelor on the hit ABC dating show.

Following the outrage, Rachael issued an Instagram statement apologizing to the “communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended.”

Host Chris Harrison also stepped away from the franchise and apologized on February 13 for coming to Rachael’s defense during an interview with ex Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. 

When asked about Chris' decision to take a break, Rachael said: “I have nothing to say.”

An onlooker told The Sun: “Rachael drove on her own to get her hair cut near her parents’ home.

“She went in wearing a mask but took it off while she was inside having her hair done.

“She was in the salon for about an hour and was smiling, friendly and chatty with the people there, it was clearly her usual spot.

“Before exiting the salon, she put her mask back on.

“She seemed really put off to be asked about Chris Harrison.”

Claims of racism against Rachael began after The Bachelor’s season 25 premiere on January 4.

TikTok user Maddy Bierster posted: “Girlieee, remember when you bullied me in high school for liking black guys???”

She followed up the post with messages she claimed she had received from others who had been "bullied" by Rachael.

Maddy’s mom Shea Bierster told The Sun that her daughter is currently working as a TV reporter in Florida and she'd like Rachael to reach out and apologize to her for how she allegedly treated her in high school.

She said: “Maddy stands by what she said.

“I remember how she was bullied at high school and she told me Rachael was one of the girls who gave her a hard time, so I stand by Maddy.

“She told me, ‘Mom, I stood up for what happened to me and now people are bullying me and that scares me.’

“I know she was upset about it because she stayed awake all night and she said people were commenting and bullying her.

“She doesn’t want to hurt Rachael’s future but she just thought it was strange.

“They’re both good girls, I just think there was some growing up that needed to be done.

“I can vouch for Maddy and say there were a lot of people that gave certain kids a hard time for dating people of different races and Rachael was one of them.

“Maddy being a young, passionate person stood up for what happened to her.

“Some people are supporting her and some are not.

“Maddy wishes Rachael well but she believes people have to own up to the mistakes they’ve made.

“She would like Rachael to call her and say she is sorry for the way she made her feel in high school.

“Hopefully Rachael will do that in the future.

“I think Rachael is a good girl and she just made a bad decision.

“I want people to know that Maddy is a good girl, she comes from a good family, we raised her right and she does not see color.”

Meanwhile Rachael posted a picture on her Instagram on Friday while drinking matcha green tea with three books placed out in front of her.

One of the books appeared to be Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man, a New York Times bestseller on race and racism by Emmanuel Acho.

In her apology in February 11, Rachael said: “I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me.

“I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist, because it’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out.

“If you are a person who doesn’t understand the offense in question, I urge you to learn from my mistakes and encourage you to use them as a teachable moment.”

Last week The Sun revealed how Rachael feels her race controversy caused the “end of the entire franchise."

Host Chris "may never return" to the show in the wake of the scandal, The Sun also reported.

The race for Matt's heart continues in tonight's episode with "hometown visits."

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