“Just Like Magnets”: Simone Biles Explains How Her Relationship With Boyfriend Improved During the Pandemic

Published 09/30/2021, 4:24 AM EDT


Olympic gymnastics star Simone Biles was among the many to be affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, destiny worked in favor of Biles, as she met her partner during the pandemic.

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Love was in the air as NFL star Jonathan Owens, who also lives in Texas, grew closer to Biles during the pandemic. Notably, during the unprecedented period, the two athletes stood shoulder to shoulder.

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Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens met with their furry family

The pandemic disrupted the training of athletes preparing for the mega-quadrennial games. Notably, it cut short their practice, locking them behind closed doors.

The same was the case for the reigning champion of gymnastics. At Rio Olympics 2016, Simone rose to the spotlight as she claimed five medals in her maiden appearance. Looking forward to defending her titles in Tokyo, Simone had to settle for disappointment. However, in an interview during her Gold Over America tour, Biles opened up about how the pandemic helped her relationship grow.

Biles said, “It was during the pandemic so we kind of had that time to ourselves see if we like each other and then like since we’re with each other days on end it kind of works so we did take a little of time.”

“Everything was closed so we would just go to his house or my house and bring the dogs and he has a bulldog. I have two Bulldogs, so they all played. And we kind of were just like magnets,” Simone added.

Owens leaves no opportunity to send Biles his support

Recently, the athletic power couple completed a year together. Simone and Jonathan have always been super supportive of each other’s careers. Even when Simone was having a rough time in Tokyo, Jonathan sent her support through social media.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Gymnastics – Artistic – Women’s Team – Final – Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Simone Biles of the United States during the Women’s Team Final REUTERS/Mike Blake

Back in Tokyo, Simone withdrew from most of her events, citing mental health concerns. Her move sparked a worldwide conversation surrounding the importance of players and their mental well-being. However, Simone also brought heavy criticism upon herself with her bold decision. Regardless, she made an eventual appearance and shushed her haters with a medal-winning performance.

Currently, Simone is traveling across 35 American cities for her Gold Over America tour. With an all-female star cast alongside, Biles aims at influencing the younger generation, bringing them closer to the sport.

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As the tour reaches Texas, fans will look forward to a special appearance from Owens.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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