19-year-old Simone Biles has received a lot of media attention over the past few weeks, but it seems that she’s now in the news for more than just her impressive standings at the Rio Olympics. The Ohio native posted on Instagram last Monday with Brazilian gymnast, Arthur Nory Mariano. The caption read, “Brazilian boyfriend”, with a heart next to it. So, what’s the story? Is Mariano really her boyfriend? Are the two dating? Read on to find out.
Despite the comment on her Instagram, Biles is not dating fellow gymnast, Arthur Mariano. As it turns out, the post was just a joke between the two gymnasts, who constantly see one another at international competitions. Simone told US Weekly, “We joke that we’re like international boyfriend and girlfriend because we see each other at these international meets, so I think that’s really cool. International friendships are the best, and I think it’s something you should cherish forever.” Mariano, 22, corroborated the statement, admitting that their relationship is completely platonic. “We’re just friends, like when we see each other in competition and we text each other.”
Maybe Simone isn’t with Mariano, but is there another special someone in her life? After all, Biles has proven to be quite the social butterfly– not only has she been caught spending time with legendary athletes like Michael Phelps, but she received a personal good luck message from Kim Kardashian West last week.
In 2014, there was speculation that the 4’8″ athlete was dating fellow 19-year-old gymnast, Alec Yoder. Simone took to Twitter, however, to address the rumors and confirm that while the two are best friends, they aren’t together romantically.
With her 32-hour-a-week training schedule, it isn’t too surprising that Simone hasn’t had time to focus on her love life. But who knows, after competing in Rio, the Olympian may have some downtime, during which she can sift through her many marriage proposals on Twitter.