Interview Fykaa Caan: MTV’s ARE YOU THE ONE Fan-Favorite On Finding Lasting Love

MTV’s “ARE YOU THE ONE?” is back, but this time, now streaming on Netflix. While reality TV isn’t known for lasting relationships, it’s been 8 years since Amber Lee Diamond appeared on the hit reality dating show with “perfect match” and now husband, Ethan, and they’ve stuck as the only couple to remain together through and beyond the show! The two are the longest lasting and most successful couple in the series history and have two beautiful daughters. With the resurgence of the show, and fans tuning in all over the world and reliving her fairytale love story, Amber is available to discuss the series lasting success, how she and Ethan have beat all odds in the world of televised romance, and her tips for anyone going through the turmoil of love and relationships both on and off camera. She can also speak to Asian-American representation on television, her fitness and lifestyle tips, and what’s next for her and Ethan as their story continues to unfold.

The reality TV series, “Are You the One?”, first aired on MTV back in 2014, bringing together young singles to try to find love. A group of men and women were secretly paired into couples by producers, via a matchmaking algorithm. Then, while living together, the contestants try to identify all of these “perfect matches.” If they succeed, the entire group shared a prize of up to $1 million. All couples in the first seven seasons were male- female, while in the eighth season a contestant’s match could be someone of any gender. Over the course of each season, the contestants go on dates with partners determined by competitions (or, in the seventh season only, by the “fate button”), and have the opportunity to learn in the “truth booth” if a given couple is a correct match. Once the truth booth confirmed a perfect match, that couple would go to the honeymoon suite and automatically be paired up for the remainder of the match ceremonies. At the end of each episode, the contestants would pair up in a “matching ceremony” and learn how many perfect matches they have, but not which matches are correct. 

Born and raised in Austin, TX to Taiwanese parents, Amber never thought she’d find her dream life through reality TV, especially as dating shows were far less common then than they are now. While modeling, she was scouted to audition and join the first season of “Are You the One?” Going in with zero expectations, Amber wanted to make the most of her experience and quickly connected with Ethan. Since it was the first season, everyone was there truly to try and find their match, and not make a name for themselves on social media. The drama was organic, and so was falling in love. At the reunion special, Ethan proposed, and Amber happily accepted. They’ve been inseparable raising their two children ever since.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she loves to cook (her specialty being Taiwanese dishes), and share her favorite recipes, workout tips, and relationship advise with her followers. We would love to discuss arranging an interview with Amber to share her experience on “Are You the One?,” what she’s been up to since the show, and how her relationship has stood the test of time all these years when many reality TV couples don’t make it. 

Fykaa Caan – Fashion, Lifestyle and Current Affairs Editor The Hollywood London Magazine

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