Simone Biles’ Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Supports Her Decision To Exit The Tokyo Olympics

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Photo credit: Simone Biles / Instagram
Photo credit: Simone Biles / Instagram

Simone Biles, 24, may have an impressive collection of gold medals in her arsenal, but the role of the Olympic gymnast’s #1 supporter has already been awarded to her boyfriend, Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens.

Simone recently made the decision to withdraw from several competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, and Jonathan's made it clear that he's supportive of his girlfriend putting her mental health and safety first.

In a picture she posted alongside her gymnastics teammates, Simone took the opportunity to thank them for stepping up when she couldn't." Jonathan expressed his unconditional support under the post by writing, "I’m so proud of y’all 🤞🏽❤️."

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This isn't the first time the couple has shown what a tight relationship they have on social media. The two have actually been together for over a year and during that time, have been supplying Instagram with regular #CoupleGoals posts and glimpses into their sweet relationship. They weathered the COVID-19 pandemic together, have taken tropical vacations, rocked matching Christmas PJ’s, and have gone all out for Valentine’s Day. And maybe most importantly, they seem incredibly supportive of each other’s careers.

"He’s a real man. I just, I love him," Simone told Hoda Kotb on the TODAY show in January 2021. "We have a great time together. Our personalities match right up. We have the same sense of humor. And he’s just great. He’s an athlete, too, so we really understand each other, and I think that’s why our relationship has been seamless."

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"This was a match made in heaven," Jonathan told Texas Monthly. "There’s no better person for me. She loves me, she’s so affectionate. I just love that. And it’s just intoxicating seeing how much work she puts into everything."

If this is all starting to sound like a modern-day fairytale, *spoiler alert* it might just be. Revisit how Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens' love story began and why they credit COVID-19 with some of their success as a couple with this play-by-play of their relationship:

Jonathan is 26 years old and plays for the Houston Texans.

The professional athlete calls himself "just a kid from St. Louis" on Instagram. He started playing football in high school in Missouri, then played college ball at Missouri Western State University. Jonathan began playing for the NFL in 2018 with the Arizona Cardinals, before joining the Houston Texans practice squad in 2019. He officially signed with the team in 2020.

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March 2020: Jonathan and Simone started hanging out.

Well, at least one good thing that came out of 2020! The couple first met in March of last year, and when COVID-19 shut down almost everything, including the 2020 Toyko Olympics and Jonathan’s NFL training for the upcoming season, the two normally extremely busy athletes found themselves with more time to focus on their lives outside the gym, per Texas Monthly.

"It was one of the few times in her life where everything was just shut off and she couldn’t do anything," Jonathan told the publication. "So we used it to get to know each other—really get to know each other. It created our bond and made it stronger. Now I’m so thankful."

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Both Simone and Jonathan live in the Houston, Texas area. Simone’s training facility, World Champions Centre, is in Spring, Texas, just outside the city.


They met because of social media.

Theirs started like all great romances these days: Simone slid into his DMs. At least, that’s Jonathan’s story. She told Wall Street Journal Magazine, "I saw him and I was like, 'Oh, he’s pretty cute,' so I said hi...and then I saw that he was in the Houston area, so we started chatting a little bit, and then we went to hang out a week or two later."

The two started flirting and FaceTiming from there until Simone’s younger sister Adria grabbed her phone during one of their conversations and asked Jonathan if he wanted to come on an upcoming trip to a lake house. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Believe it or not, Jonathan didn’t know Simone was *such* a big deal when they first met. Don’t ask how, but Jonathan swore to Texas Monthly that he hadn’t heard of her before they started talking, but "that’s one of the things she liked." He told the outlet that what he was most intrigued by when she first messaged him was the fact that she had 4 million Instagram followers.

August 2020: The couple made their Instagram debut.

While they didn’t officially announce they were together until August, the two definitely piqued the internet’s interest when Simone shared a birthday message for Jonathan alongside a photo of him giving her a piggyback ride in July. A few weeks later, the two all but confirmed their relationship with a photo Simone posted of the two of them with the caption, "It’s just us."

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Jonathan is a dog lover, just like Simone.

And they both have bulldogs with their own Instagram accounts, naturally. Jonathan’s English bulldog, Zeus, is the "most energetic English Bulldog you’ve ever met," and loves "food, chewing on anything i can find, and taking long naps."

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Meanwhile, Simone’s two French bulldogs Lilo and Rambo are basically internet-famous.

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Oh, and the dogs totally hit it off.

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October 2020: Simone first posted about attending Jonathan’s football games.

With the 2020 NFL pre-season starting a few days after Simone and Jonathan became Instagram official, it’s probably safe to assume that Simone attended other Texans games before the one she posted about in October. But, rocking Jonathan’s jersey, Simone showed up ready to cheer loudly for her man—even if COVID-19 restrictions meant the stadium was mostly empty.

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December 2020: The two spend Christmas together.

Wearing matching pajamas and grins from ear to ear, the couple’s first holiday season together seems to have been a merry one. "If Santa asks, the elves did it!" Simone captioned a photo of the two of them in front of a Christmas tree.

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March 2021: The couple vacations in style in Belize.

Before Simone had to get down to business (a.k.a. training for the Olympics), the couple enjoyed a vacation to Belize and some time soaking up the sun together. "I love you more than I love Belize and that's a lot," the gymnast captioned a photo of the two of them on the beach.

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June 2021: Jonathan watched Simone compete in person for the first time.

While he had seen Simone compete before, Jonathan said being able to attend the 2021 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships in person—and watch her land her seventh U.S. title—was unlike anything he'd ever seen before.

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"Unbelievable," Jonathan told Texas Monthly. "It’s so amazing to watch. When I saw her for the first time, I realized that the TV really doesn’t do it justice. When she goes out there and does it, it looks so effortless."

July 2021: Jonathan cheered on Simone during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While COVID-19 restrictions at the Olympics mean he can’t be there in person, Jonathan shared a video via Instagram Stories of him watching Simone compete at the gymnastics qualifier with a timestamp of 1:13 a.m. (The GOAT is worth staying up late for.)

"Yep, let’s go," he says in the video as Simone walks across the screen in her Team USA uniform.

Even with all of the stress competing at the highest possible level brings, Simone also made it a point to wish Jonathan a happy birthday in a sweet Instagram post (even dropping the L bomb). "Here in Japan it is already my favorite persons birthday 🖤 HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY BABE. @jowens_3 I love you so much. Can’t wait to celebrate you when I get home!" she wrote. "thanks for keeping me sane during the craziest times. an ear to vent too, someone to share fun times with and make the best of memories 🖤 not sure how I got so lucky & what I’d do without you! But I hope you have the best day ever. Not too much fun without me tho hahaha 🥺🤞🏾🤍 forever yours, S."

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Though Simone has withdrawn from several competitions at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health and safety, including the individual all-around competition, you can bet that whatever she chooses to do next, Jonathan will definitely be cheering her on.

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