Knows Exactly What It’s Like to Be in Public Eye”: Simone Biles Thanks 11-Time Grammy Winner for Standing by Her in Tough Times Back in 2021

Published 10/05/2022, 10:45 AM EDT

“What do we want from her heroes?” the 11-time Grammy-winning pop star, Taylor Swift had once asked her audience as she paid tribute to Simon Biles. The celebrated artistic gymnast had retired herself from the Tokyo Olympics because of being affected by a condition that alters her spatial awareness while competing, named as, Twisties.

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She received support from the likes of Michelle Obama and Taylor Swift, when she admitted that she had withdrawn because of her mental health. “Throughout the last week, her voice has been as significant as her talents,” Swift said. “Her honesty as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature. But don’t you see? It still is.”

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Olympic icons like Michael Phelps also defended her decision.

Simone Biles teaches a lesson in emotional resilience

After winning four golds, the pressure on Biles was serious, to say the least.

Simone Biles representing USA

After winning four golds, the pressure on Biles was serious, to say the least.

Biles stated, “It’s been really stressful this Olympic Games.” The legendary gymnast had come to Tokyo as probably the tournament’s most celebrated athlete. “It’s been a long week,” she added. She has been a constant source of inspiration for learning the value of putting one’s health before everything else.

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The modest star expressed her sentiments on Twitter after Swift’s performance and said, “I’m crying. How special” followed by a heart and teary-eyed emoji. The singer responded with a heartwarming message. She retweeted: “This week was a lesson in emotional support and resilience.. We all learned from you. Thank you.”

Notably, Biles has always been vocal about mental health issues and leaves no stone unturned to bring it into public domain.

Biles speaks about public attention at a young age

During a interview in 2021, Simone Biles reacted to tweets from her supporters.

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Taylor Swift
47th Annual American Music Awards, Show, Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Nov 2019

Upon reading Taylor’s message, she smiled and said, “That was really special!” Also, she explains how Taylor can empathize with her situation. “She knows exactly what it’s like to be in the public eye since you were so little”, continued the athlete.

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Taylor Swift had once said how being a star can also be a burden. She explained, when the world is watching you, everything you do has greater significance. How it may feel like a heavy burden. And also that it can be an opportunity to make a big difference. 

Biles, a fan of Taylor and her work says, “I love her and she’s just so cute!” The athlete has struggled with mental health issues in the past and has become a spokesperson for the same.

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The gymnast has recently declared that she is engaged and also that her plans to participate at the next Olympic Games in Paris, are still unclear.

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Anirban Roy

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Anirban Roy is working as a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. Anirban has a Master's degree in Spatial Data Science from Jadavpur University. He has worn many hats, including being a database admin and a scientific researcher.

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