“Maybe She’s Sad”- Cardi B Was Once Left Worried for Simone Biles; Recalled Their First Interaction

Published 06/20/2022, 11:45 AM EDT

Simone Biles has become a household name associated with gymnastics. And fans and enthusiasts of the sport would go gaga over the prospect of meeting the athlete.

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However, Biles has quite a reputation among celebrities as well. It is evident from Cardi B’s response when asked about the athlete during an interview.

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Cardi B speaks about Simone Biles during an interview

Currently, the rap superstar is working on her TV show, Cardi Tries. It features the rapstress trying new things, including new passions and hobbies. Her travels across the globe as an artist provided the idea for her new show.

In the latest episode, the artist teamed up with Amanda Seales to acquaint herself with rhythmic gymnastics. Therefore, the episode featured Cardi B working with clubs, balls, and ribbons. At the end of the episode, the artist performs a routine with Seales.

After the show, Cardi B had an interview to share her experience with rhythmic gymnastics. And since the episode was about gymnastics, the interview would not have been complete without the mention of GOAT Simone Biles. Therefore, the name of the seven-time Olympic medalist came up during the interview. The interviewer specifically asked if the rap star drew inspiration from the decorated athlete.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 27: Simone Biles of Team United States looks on during the Women’s Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Reflecting on Biles’ previous performances, the artist said, “It’s almost like she’s supernatural because she does things that are superhero-like. All those flips and being the best that you can be at your sport.”

She also spoke about when Biles withdrew from multiple events at the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health concerns.

Expressing her concern for the Olympian at the time, the rap icon added, “And when she quit [and took a break from] the Olympics, I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness! I wonder what’s going on? Maybe she’s sad? Maybe she’s going through things?’ ”

However, Cardi B was aware that, irrespective of people’s high expectations of the athlete, Biles is still human. And as such, she was not immune to the shortcomings of being a human.

Reminding everyone that the athlete is just like any other person, the rap star said, “But I had to remember she’s just that regular girl that I met a couple of years ago. You can be on the top of the world like she is, just literally the top of the world for the first time and you just go through things like a regular person and I love her.”

Cardi B can relate to Biles

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Cardi B’s words echo what most celebrities face regularly. People indeed expect great things from their idols. But what they forget is that they are just people like us. And therefore, they, too, are subjected to all the shortcomings that any other person faces.

USA’s Simone Biles reacts after taking bronze in the Women’s Balance Beam Final at Ariake Gymnastic Centre on the eleventh day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Picture date: Tuesday August 3, 2021. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

But sometimes, people fail to grasp this concept. They begin to keep unrealistic expectations from their idols. And it is when this happens that athletes ascend the pedestal to become superpowered beings in the eye of their fans.

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And in the process, the lines get blurred between achievable and unattainable goals.

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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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