When joining the first season of MTV's "Are You the One?" Austin residents Amber Lee and Ethan Diamond had no idea what their love story had in store for the world.
The reality matchmaking show premiered in January 2014, following 20 young men and women in hopes of winning a cash prize and a perfect love match. The show predetermines 10 perfect pairs through a matchmaking algorithm, but it is up to the contestants to figure out their secret other half. While isolated together, the contestants have 10 rounds to determine the pairs. If guessed correctly, the entire group shares a $1 million prize.
Amber and Ethan during Season 1 Episode 2 of "Are You the One?" (MTV's "Are You the One?"/Netflix)
Out of eight seasons of "Are You the One?," only nine couples have stayed together and Amber and Ethan remain the only match from Season 1, filmed seven years ago in Hawaii, that have stuck it through.
The MTV stars have since shifted to a simplier way of life in Austin with their two daughters.
Before the transformative experience, Amber and Ethan were just two young college students. Ethan, who is originally from Denver, Colorado, studied natural resource tourism. Amber, who was just another local Austinite, was attending Texas State University in San Marcos, enjoying her weekends on Sixth Street.
As the pilot season, producers reached out to cast members in various ways with the questions: "Are you single? Are you looking for love? Do you want to win some money?"
In an interview with Austonia Amber said, "I never thought I was going to get cast and honestly we didn't know anything about it. I rode it through to see how far I could get and then I met my husband."
Amber secretly visiting Ethan in Colorado before the airing of MTV'S "Are You the One?" (Amber Lee Diamond)
Inside the crowded house in Hawaii, Amber and Ethan's relationship grew throughout the season. When asked if they had any idea that this would be their lives seven years ago, Ethan said, "No way! Watching the show, did you? Did you think we would be together?"
Shortly after the show ended, Amber and Ethan continued their college education while Amber was pregnant with their first child, Scarlett. Per Amber's request, Ethan relocated to Austin where they have lived with Scarlett and their youngest daughter Serena since 2014.
Amber, Serena, Ethan and Scarlett Diamond. (Amber Lee Diamond)
"(Austin) is the best city in the whole freaking world," Amber said. "I love Colorado, but it's too cold and they don't have an H-E-B."
Now a true local, Ethan has spent the last seven years adjusting to the Austin lifestyle. The two say they don't plan on leaving any time soon.
In the past year, their family has spent the past year at home, avoiding large crowds and leaving the house. Ethan, who is a sales director at Oracle, has been working from home and enjoying the time spent with family.
Ethan, Amber and their youngest daughter, Serena during an interview with Austonia. (Isabella Lopes/Austonia)
"The one year you spent in quarantine with your significant other is like four years. I feel like we did that when we met each other; we were quarantined in that house," Ethan said. "And now, quarantine is happening and this feels familiar, for a lack of better term."
Amber and Ethan are often recognized by strangers around town for their brief stardom from cashiers at H-E-B to receiving messages on social media about relationship advice. The couple says they try to be as transparent as possible.
"We don't work because we are the perfect match," Amber said. "We are not a fairy tale couple. We've had a hard time and we worked really hard to make it work. We are a hard-working, loving family and that's why we love Austin, it's perfect here."
The Diamond family enjoying snowy Austin. (Amber Lee Diamond)
MTV's "Are You the One?" season one is available to stream on Netflix where you can watch the beginning of Amber and Ethan's love story.
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After their first two-win week and a two-week hiatus, Austin FC is back at home against Minnesota United as they attempt to up their home win streak to three on Saturday.
The team kicks off at 8 p.m. against the Loons in their first matchup since a 2-0 loss in June, but they're 1-1 against the club after beating Minnesota in May for their first-ever shutout.
Austin maintains a last-place spot in the West but has seen a bit of a late comeback with two wins in their last three matches. Austin's Cecilia Dominguez, who scored a brace for the team in their last match against Real Salt Lake, will look to keep that momentum as the team works for another victory. Meanwhile, the seventh-place Loons will work to keep that last spot in playoff contention as the season nears its end.
Follow along here for updates on the biggest plays of the match.
80' Austin makes first subs
With just over 10 minutes left in regulation ,Austin FC made some late-game subs, swapping Diego Fagundez for Austinite McKinze Gaines and Sebastian Driussi for forward Jon Gallagher. Both have a history of clutch performances for the team: Gaines scored just 10 minutes in to his first match of the game back in September, while Gallagher was Austin's first scorer at Q2 Stadium.
It's looking more like a draw at best for Austin as the time continues to tick down on the match.
61' Djitte loses chance after controversial call
In the 61st minute of a less-cohesive half for Austin, Moussa Djitte found himself alone near the goal with a good chance at making the home team's first goal. But referees had another ideas, making another controversial call on the Senegalese striker.Refs stopped Djitte's menacing drive after Minnesota's Michael Boxall appeared to flop in a run-in with the striker, curbing Djitte's attempt to boos from the crowd. It's Djitte's second foul of the night and the team's ninth foul in the match. Both clubs host a yellow card, with center back Julio Cascante holding the home team's sole warning call. Minnesota's Emmanuel Reynoso holds the away team's yellow after an obvious flop that left him rolling on the ground for minutes, waiting on a call.
Blown whistles for both sides have slowed the match's tempo and left both clubs reeling as Austin looks for its first goal.
At the half: Austin still can't finish
45' still left to play. pic.twitter.com/39J1XnvvOc— Austin FC (@AustinFC) October 17, 2021
With minutes-long shooting sprees and more shots on goal than Minnesota, Austin could easily have the lead in the match. But each crowd-raising attempt has still been slightly skewed as the home team ends the half with nothing on the board.
In just 45 minutes, both Austin and Minnesota have reached the double-digits in scoring attempts, but Minnesota's ability to infiltrate Austin's penalty box has given them the leg up in the match. The Loons have sometimes found themselves nearly alone alarmingly close to goal, and they've capitalized on their chances with a 16thb minute goal by Franco Fragapane.
Austin FC, however, has not. The club has seen close calls from Dominguez and Driussi, headers from Djitte and near-misses from Tomas Pochettino, but missed opportunities and a few strokes of bad luck have left them scoreless. The team will need to shake their age-old scoring issues if they hope to get back into tonight's game.
16' Minnesota nabs 1-0 lead
Austin may have struck first, but Minnesota won the first points on the board as Franco Fragapane got one past keeper Brad Stuver from a close range in the 16th minute to make it 1-0. The Loons tested Stuver just as Austin did Miller, making two anxiety-inducing shots before Fragapane struck gold.
This goalie-vs.-goalie match has already seen three shots on goal from each team and a relatively quiet midfield as each team dukes it out in the box.
11' Austin tests Minnesota first
Austin FC has taken no time to threaten goal. In a three-minute span, the home team has racked up three shots, two of which are on goal, as the ball bounces between Austin attackers but can't quite find the net.
Dominguez strikes first as he looks to find his third goal in three matches in the eights minute, but Minnesota's Tyler Miller fights back with a clutch save. Djitte then tests Miller just seconds later, while Driussi takes a final shot from farther back that just misses the top left corner.
Austin's Fagundez and Pochettino were the playmakers of the three-minute shooting spree, but the club still came out scoreless. Minnesota soon rebounded with a shot of their own that was blocked by keeper Brad Stuver.
This may be Austin FC's most popular lineup— even the crankiest fans are commending the strong starting XI on Twitter. Tonight's starters are the same as in their win against Salt Lake.
New standouts Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi are in alongside double-scorer Cecilio Dominguez up front, while fan favorite Diego Fagundez, Captain Alex Ring and Designated Player Tomas Pochettino take the midfield.
With Matt Besler still out on concussion protocol, Zan Kolmanic, Jhohan Romana and Julio Cascante take the back along with Hector Jimenez, who is in for right back Nick Lima. As (almost) always, Brad Stuver holds it down in goal.
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An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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