While they left the show in a committed relationship and admittedly were in an "extended honeymoon" period, the controversy forced Matt to take a step back and let Rachael work on herself moving forward.
"As Rachael acknowledged in her apology, there's a lot of work that needs to be done," he said. "I have to take a step back and allow her to put in that work, and I'm looking forward to seeing her put in that work."
The 29-year-old real estate broker joined Michael Strahan on Good Morning America on Tuesday where he opened up about what it was like to see Rachael again, following their split and the controversy over her past photos and social media activity.
"It hit me like a ton of bricks," Matt said. "I felt the weight of everything that I was carrying throughout the season, with what we were dealing with as a country, and have to explain that, why it was problematic to me and our relationship, which was extremely difficult."
He added that the issues they were dealing with after the season weren't only difficult for him, but for Rachael and the rest of the country.
"That's the frustrating part about the position that I'm in," Matt said on GMA. "Having to explain, not only to Rachael, but to the rest of America, why things like that are problematic. We don't have the chance to have that ignorance. Think about Breonna Taylor, think about Tamir Rice. They didn't have the opportunity to have that ignorance."
Watch the video below to hear more on Matt's experience after the finale and on ATFR.