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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Simone Biles’ Heartwarming Adoption Story

Published 05/10/2022, 8:15 AM EDT

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People assume the lives of celebrities to be perfect. They like to think that their favorite athlete lives the ideal life, although it is far from the truth. Sure, their affluence allows them to enjoy on some fronts. However, there are problems that money cannot solve; memories that linger on after years. Such is the story of Simone Biles. Although the athlete stays jovial, her early years are far from perfect.

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Biles’ childhood was not easy

In the third episode of her docuseries, Simone vs Herself, Biles opens up to talk about her family in length. In the episode titled, “Who am I?” Biles addressed some of the issues she and her siblings faced growing up.


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Simone reveals her biological mother’s struggle with substance abuse when she was a child. As a result, Biles and her siblings found themselves in foster care.


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Recalling those times, Biles said, “I don’t remember a lot about foster care, but I definitely knew that we had been taken from our biological mom and then you just think you’re going to go back to her.”

Simone’s biological mother lost custody of her and her siblings after neighbors reported concerns regarding her mother’s behavior to social workers.

At the age of 3, child services moved Biles to an Ohio foster care system after deeming her mother incapable of looking after her children. She considers herself and her siblings lucky on being sent to the same foster home.

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Looking back, the seven-time Olympic medalist said, “We were very fortunate that we actually got to stay with our siblings because a lot of the time you either get regrouped from home to home to home or you and your siblings get split up.

Additionally, she remembers a time when they “were so focused on food” because the food was hard to obtain. The star recalls, “I remember there was this cat around the house and I’d be so hungry. They would feed this cat and I’m like, ‘Where the heck is my food?’ “

Who adopted Simone Biles?

Her grandparents, Nellie and Ron, adopted her and her younger sister, Adria. Biles was six years at the time of her adoption. An aunt adopted her two elder brothers, Ashley and Tevin.

Biles believes that this part of her life gave her another chance at life. She added, “Being separated from my biological mom, being placed in foster care before I officially got adopted by my grandparents, it just set me up for a better route at life.


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Adding to it, Biles said, ”But I also believe everything happens for a reason and I’m forever grateful for that because I definitely got a second shot at life.

Her story is one of inspiration, and it proves how having a positive outlook on life can have a favorable impact on one’s life. It also shows the difference keeping the right company can make in one’s life.


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Celebrities have to deal with most of the difficulties that common folk face. They might have amassed a fortune for themselves, but that does not make them immune to the complexities of life. Ultimately, it all narrows down to how one handles the problems that bring out the disposition of the person.

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Written by:

Aklanta Chetia


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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.
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Simar Singh Wadhwa