Simone Biles was moved by a new Olympic commercial promoting her comeback to the games this week, and she expressed her gratitude to the narrator, Taylor Swift.
“I’m crying. how special. I love you @taylorswift13,” Biles, 24, tweeted in response to the emotional ad, which featured the Grammy winner detailing her admiration for the gymnast she calls a “hero.”
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Swift, 31, replied to the Olympian, “I cried watching YOU. I feel so lucky to have gotten to watch you all these years, but this week was a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We all learned from you. Thank you.”
Swift’s ballad “This is me trying” played softly in the background as she complimented Biles for prioritizing her mental health by withdrawing from competition last week.
“Throughout the last week, her voice has been as significant as her talents. Her honesty as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature. But don’t you see? It still is. She’s perfectly human,” Swift says in the promo.
On Tuesday, Biles won the bronze medal in the Olympic women’s balance beam final. Her bronze medal win was her second in a row in the event, and she now has seven Olympic medals altogether.
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Jonathan Owens, Biles’ boyfriend, complimented her on social media shortly after, writing, “Words can’t express how proud I am of you right now!!”
Simone Biles had missed the team final and ended up missing five events during the Tokyo Olympics.