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By the time he wrapped his press conference in Qatar on Monday, United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter cut the figure of an embattled head of state, not someone trying to stave off elimination from the World Cup. On the eve of a win-or-go-home match, Berhalter and team captain Tyler Adams were grilled by Iranian journalists about US policy on immigration and the country’s military presence in the Persian Gulf. One reporter took Adams to task with a question about discrimination in America, while Berhalter was asked whether inflation might be hindering the team’s support back home.

Berhalter and Adams fielded some questions about the USMNT’s next opponent, but tactical analysis tends to get overshadowed when that opponent is Iran. In a World Cup where it has proven nearly impossible to stick to sports, Tuesday’s match between the United States and Iran is the most politically charged contest yet, the ultimate tempest in an unusually fraught tournament. Given the long-standing hostilities between the two countries, the match was always bound to invite geopolitical story lines, but now it is set against the backdrop of monthslong demonstrations in Iran triggered by the arrest and death of Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. The Iranian government’s violent crackdown on its own people has cast a shadow over its national team’s World Cup campaign, creating a red-hot atmosphere in Qatar for both players and fans. The United States Soccer Federation waded into the political upheaval this week when it posted a now deleted graphic on social media of the Iranian flag that did not include the emblem of the Islamic Republic, a gesture meant to show solidarity with the protesters. Iran’s own soccer federation responded by calling for the US to be expelled from the World Cup. 

That set the stage for Monday’s strange press conference, where Iranian journalists repeatedly confronted Berhalter and Adams, both of whom tried gamely to steer the questions back to the game itself. “We support Iran’s people and Iran’s team,” Adams said. “But that being said, we’re laser-focused on this match, as they are as well.”

Adams was promptly scolded by a reporter from Press TV, an Iranian government-affiliated outlet, who pointed out that the 23-year-old midfielder was “pronouncing our country’s name wrong.”  

“Our country is named eee-ron, not I-ran,” the reporter said, before asking Adams, who is Black, whether he is “okay to be representing a country that has so much discrimination against Black people in his own borders.” 

Adams apologized for the mispronunciation. “There’s discrimination everywhere you go,” Adams said. “One thing that I’ve learned, especially from living abroad in the past years, and having to fit in in different cultures is that in the US, we’re continuing to make progress every single day.” Adams said his experience, growing up African American in a white family, made it easier for him to assimilate in different cultures and touted the importance of education in gaining a better understanding of others. 

“You just educated me now on the pronunciation of your country,” he continued. “So yeah, it’s a process, I think as long as you see progress, that’s the most important thing.”

Berhalter, meanwhile, stressed that neither he nor his players were aware of the US Soccer Federation’s social media post. “All we can do, on our behalf, is apologize on behalf of the players and the staff,” he said

The Iranian national team hasn’t avoided the fray either, of course. Since September, the country has been roiled by protests inspired by Amini, a 22-year-old who died in Iranian police custody after being arrested for violating the country’s law that requires head coverings for women. The Iranian government has been under international pressure for its brutal response to demonstrators; the United Nations estimates more than 14,000 have been detained for protesting, hundreds have been killed, and more are at risk of being tortured. Before their opening World Cup match against England last week, Iran’s players staged a silent protest by not singing the country’s national anthem. After reportedly receiving “fierce criticism from government officials,” the players participated in the singing of the anthem before their win on Friday against Wales, but the victory was marred by clashes outside the stadium between pro-government Iranian fans and those supporting the protests. One of Iran’s players dedicated his goal against Wales to the “suffering” people of Iran. Last Friday, the Iranian government arrested an outspoken Iranian Kurdish soccer player, who had not made the national team, on charges of “incitement against the regime.”

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Even without all the political strife, Tuesday’s match would hardly be short on drama. The final group stage game for both teams, it also offers plenty of enthralling sporting subplots. With a win, the US will advance to the knockout rounds after failing to qualify for the World Cup four years ago. Iran is likewise guaranteed to go through with a victory, but a draw could also be sufficient. The United States will also be searching for its first win against Iran in what will be the third overall meeting between the two countries. 

Their first match came at the 1998 World Cup in France, where a 2–1 victory for the Iranians caused the US to crash out of the tournament. That game was just 17 years removed from the Iranian hostage crisis. “The Iranian regime hated America. That’s why that game was such a big game on the world stage, and had so much importance. Equally as much as the football piece was the political piece,” said Steve Sampson, who was US national team coach at the time.

The 1998 match was also preceded by friction between the two camps. Iran’s political leadership had apparently instructed the national team to not shake hands with the US players prior to the match, as is customary at a World Cup, but tournament organizers held firm. “They said if you don’t want to participate in the rules in a tournament, you’re free to go home,” recalled Hank Steinbrecher, then the secretary general of US Soccer.

Adams and his teammates are surely less concerned about that history than the immediate implications of Tuesday’s match. None of the players were alive when the US and Iran severed diplomatic ties in 1980, and few have memories of the 1998 match. “I wasn’t born yet,” Adams said at Monday’s press conference, “so, don’t remember it.”


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Actress Kate Walsh has revealed how she met her now fiancé, WA farmer Andrew Nixon.

The Grey’s Anatomy star confirmed that their ‘meet cute’ did in fact take place on a trip to Antarctica in early 2020, as rumoured, during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show .

“We met, as one does, on a Nat Geo expedition to Antarctica,” Walsh said, before joking to the studio audience “there’s an app for it guys”.

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Kate Walsh reveals how she met her Australian fiancé Andrew Nixon during The Kelly Clarkson Show appearance
The Grey’s Anatomy star confirmed that their meet cute did in fact take place on a trip to Antarctica in early 2020, as rumoured. (YouTube/TheKellyClarksonShow)

Clarkson in disbelief thought the actress was being sarcastic.

“No, I did. We were on a ship to the Antarctic and that’s how I met him,” Walsh clarified.

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“What? This is like a movie,” Clarkson replied.

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“Who knew,” Walsh added of the fateful trip.

The Emily in Paris actress told the singer-turned-talk show host that due to the climate crisis she wanted to see both the Arctic and Antarctica.

Having ticked off the North Pole, she went to explore the South Pole on a trip that changed her life.

“It was incredible. It was an incredible trip and then bonus, you know, found the love of my life,” Walsh said.

“Saw the penguins, check. Ice, check. Whales, check. Man, check,” she joked.

“It’s a pretty good trip I think,” Clarkson replied.

Following the Antarctica trip in February 2020, Walsh moved to Perth during the COVID-19 lockdowns the following month.

That move looks to become more permanent with the couple set to tie the knot.

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Talking about their new life in Perth, the Grey’s Anatomy star told Clarkson about how she’s already used to shark alarms at the beach. (Instagram/KateWalsh)
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Walsh also told a story about being so afraid of hitting a kangaroo during a two hour drive to Nixon’s farm outside of Perth that she spent the whole car trip honking. (Instagram/KateWalsh)

The couple secretly got engaged last year, with the actress accidentally outing their marriage plans during an Instagram Live in October.

Talking about their new life in Perth, the Grey’s Anatomy star told Clarkson about how she’s already used to shark alarms at the beach and driving on the other side of the road.

Although she admitted when she gets tired or stressed “it’s like some old operating system clicks in” and she finds herself forgetting to drive on the correct side.

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Walsh also told a story about being so afraid of hitting a kangaroo during a two hour drive to Nixon’s farm outside Perth, she spent the whole car trip honking as a warning system for the animals.

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The couple made their red carpet debut together at the Emily in Paris Season 3 premiere last December. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The actress and entrepreneur revealed her “new homeland” of Australia has also inspired one of the latest candles in her Boyfriend Perfume range, called Down Under.

While another is cheekily named Morning W’oud.

“It is all double entendre,” Walsh said of the range inspired by an ex-boyfriend.

Walsh and Nixon made their red carpet debut together at the Emily in Paris Season 3 premiere last December.

Nixon, who has been a farmer for more than 30 years, sometimes features on Walsh’s Instagram Stories, though Walsh largely keeps his presence in her life under wraps and doesn’t share photos of him to her permanent feed.

Walsh has been married once before, tying the knot with producer Alex Young back in September 2007.

The couple split the following year before finalising their divorce in February 2010.

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Salma Hayek can always be counted on for a standout fashion moment. But she outdid even herself as she arrived for the South Beach premiere of Magic Mike’s Last Dance wearing a daring ensemble! The Eternals star, 56, arrived rocking a completely see through fishnet black dress, embellished with colorful floral appliques and paired with a skimpy pair of bikini bottoms and matching bra. The mom of one pulled her hair into a dramatic high ponytail and accessorized with a green handbag, layered necklaces, platform heels, and classic hoop earrings. Her makeup glam was perfection in neutral tones.

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Salma Hayek arrives at the premier of ‘Magic Mike’s Last Dance’ in South Beach on Jan 25, 2023. (Eric Charbonneau/Shutterstock)

Salma opened up about the role back in December. “It’s very physically challenging,” she told ET of an already famous steamy lap dance scene. “My goodness. You just wait to see. It’s complicated.” She also hilariously dished on what it was like to show up to work on the set. “I play a strong woman,” she told the outlet of her character, Maxandra Mendoza. “You know what was my day going into the office? I would just sit around and watch, like, 12 men, semi-naked dancing and doing pirouettes. And I got to boss them around.”

As for her iconic sense of red-carpet style, she spoke about how it can “reinvent” in a 2015 interview. “I think the fun thing about fashion is that it’s a place where you can exercise your own creativity and you can make a reinvention of yourself every day,” she told Glamour’s UK edition at the time. And what’s the flip side of that?

“I think the bad part of fashion is when instead of being an exploration of your own identity, you try to copy everyone else then it’s not healthy,” she added. “It’s not satisfying.” She mixes things up, she said, with “color.”

“I love to add color,” she told the outlet. “I like to do a lot of basic colors like black or beige and then have an accessory that has color. Like a great scarf. I have this Alexander McQueen scarf from the Damien Hurst collection. When I wear it, even if my other clothes are really simple, it’s just something. Or even a colorful hat or a great pair of boots and a bag if it’s colorful.”

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Paris Hilton and her husband Carter Reum are now parents.

Hilton, a prolific businessperson and hotel heiress, confirmed to People magazine that she and Reum, both 41, welcomed an heir of their own via surrogate.

“It’s always been my dream to be a mother and I’m so happy that Carter and I found each other,” Hilton told People. “We are so excited to start our family together and our hearts are exploding with love for our baby boy.”

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Hilton shared the news on Instagram, where she posted a photo of her baby boy’s hand clutching her own well-manicured fingernail. The child’s name is not yet known publicly.

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“You are already loved beyond words,” Paris wrote alongside a blue heart emoji.

The mogul married Reum, an author, entrepreneur and venture capitalist, in November 2021 after dating for more than a year. The couple had a lavish, three-day wedding ceremony. Much of the ceremonies were featured on Hilton’s reality TV show Paris in Love. 

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Hilton previously told People that she and Reum began the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) process a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the timing was right because “I’m on a plane 250 days out of the year,” so they were able to get the eggs “stocked and ready.”

Reum reportedly has one other child, who is grade-school age, from a previous relationship.

Last year Hilton said she wants “two or three” kids of her own in the future.

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