Is Simone Biles Done With the Internet? Has Jonathan Owens’ Controversy Caused Social Media Fatigue?

Published 01/25/2024, 10:37 AM EST

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Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens have captured the sports world with their love ever since they went public with their relationship. However, amidst the joy of 2023, the year they tied the knot, an unexpected twist occurred towards the end of the year. This happened when Jonathan Owens shared on ‘The Pivot’ podcast that men are the catch.

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This did not sit well with the fans of Simone Biles, who hail her as the greatest in gymnastics. The drama escalated when Owens doubled down on his claims in an interview with Vanity Fair, leading to intense online backlash. Fans flooded the internet, bashing the Green Bay Packer’s safety for his comments and claims.

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To add fuel to the fire, Jonathan Owens admitted, “I didn’t know who [Simone Biles] was at the time. But the first thing I saw was that she had a lot of followers. So I thought, ‘OK, she must be well-known.’” This admission cast doubt on the sincerity of Owens’ intentions. The skepticism continued as Sunny Hostin, host of ‘The View‘, expressed doubt about Owens’ claims, noting that Biles is featured on a cereal box and saying, “I don’t know who he is.

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Jason Kelce, brother of Travis Kelce, also shaded Owens when Biles was nominated for the “People’s Choice Athlete of the Year Award,” questioning, “How is Simone Biles nominated, but her boyfriend isn’t?” The drama that began in December 2023 stretched into early 2024. Despite Biles’ responses, she continues to act differently on social media, prompting speculation that she may be done with the internet entirely.

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Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens’ response to the drama

Amidst the unfolding drama, Jonathan Owens posted an image of their first dance on Instagram, captioned, “Unbothered 😂❤️ Just know we locked in over here.” on December 22, 2023. Then, on December 24, 2023, Biles took to Twitter and shared a picture of a confused child, writing, “Are y’all done yet?” 

 

Following this, Simone Biles even took to Instagram to share pictures of the loved-up couple at Christmas and the holiday season, showing they were unfazed by the drama. Later, she also clapped back at haters on Instagram, stating, “Y’all want me to be insecure so bad.” However, despite the claims of being “Unbothered,” there has been a noticeable shift in Simone Biles’ social media activity.

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How is Simone acting differently on social media?

According to Simone Biles’s Instagram activity since the controversy, a significant change has been observed on her platform. The comment section of Simone’s posts has been limited. That means only close friends and people who she follows can leave comments on her pictures.

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Previously, with over 10 million followers, she would actively engage with fans in the comments. The restricted comments on many of her posts leave us pondering whether Jonathan Owens’ controversy has caused social media fatigue for Biles. What do you feel about this? Do you think Simone Biles is done with the internet? Comment below!

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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