‘The Bachelor’ Star Matt James Says His Mom Already Started A ‘Grandkid Counter,’ Wants ‘A Basketball Team’

ABC's leading man teases how many kids he hopes to have.

The Bachelor star Matt James
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ABC's leading man teases how many kids he hopes to have.

Matt James said his mom is already in grandma mode.

On the most recent episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever, the 28-year-old star of the upcoming milestone Season 25 of The Bachelor joked that he’s under pressure to find a wife and produce a bunch of grandkids for his mother.

During his appearance on the ABC special via video chat, Matt revealed that his mom, Patty James, started counting her potential grandchildren as soon as it was announced that he was the new star of The Bachelor.

“I think that the grandkid counter for my mom started when that announcement was made,” Matt said in a virtual interview, according to Us Weekly. “She wants a basketball team!”

But future Bachelor Nation brides should know they won’t be signing up for back-to-back babymaking if they’re selected for Matt’s season.

“I’ll have a minivan, that’s the max,” The Bachelor star added.

Fans know that Matt works with kids on a regular basis. The former college football pro gives free food tours to low-income elementary schoolchildren in New York City through his ABC Food Tours program. One inner-city elementary school principal told Wake Forest Magazine that Matt has a way with kids.

“He’s amazing,” said principal Suany Ramos.”He’s a positive role model. He’s sweet. He’s charismatic. He has a way of getting the children to listen to him.”

Tyler Cameron (L) and Matt James attend the Hudson River Park Annual Gala at Cipriani South Street on October 17, 2019 in New York City.
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While Matt’s mom is already calculating his future family size, his best friend — Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron — has some opinions on the type of woman who should be in his future. On the ABC special, The Bachelorette hunk said Matt, who was his college roommate, should look for someone like his mother.

“His mother is one of the sweetest ladies — very loving, caring, compassionate, willing to serve others, help out the community,” Tyler said.

Hannah Brown’s ex added that Matt needs to find someone who is ready to get on the ground with him and “change the world,” because that’s what Matt is going to do.

“Matt’s gonna change the world, and [wants] someone that’s ready to take on that challenge with him,” Tyler said.

Matt agreed that his mother Patty — who raised him solo — is very “impactful” in his life, as was Tyler’s late mom, Andrea Cameron, who actually nominated him for The Bachelor as the franchise’s first-ever Black lead.

Matt previously revealed that he will take inspiration from his mom when looking for qualities in his future wife, according to Entertainment Tonight. He described his mom as “selfless, honest, caring, compassionate.”