Simone Biles’ birth mom had only one thing to say when asked about her daughter’s withdrawal from the Olympics team gymnastic competition Tuesday.
“She’s gonna be okay,” Shannon Biles told The Daily Mail.
Simone Biles is the best gymnast in the world, but she pulled herself out of the final day of competition “to focus on my wellbeing,” she told reporters.
“I’m OK,” she said. “Just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days.”
Simone Biles has been open about her struggles with depression and anxiety in the past.
She told Today’s Hoda Kotb that “Physically, I feel good, I’m in shape. Emotionally, that kind of varies on the time and moment. Coming here to the Olympics and being the head star isn’t an easy feat, so we’re just trying to take it one day at a time and we’ll see.”
Her exit allowed the Russian team to claim the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Team USA took home the silver and Great Britain earned a bronze medal.
Shannon Biles refused to comment any further when a Daily Mail reporter reached her at her Ohio home.
Shannon, 49, had to give up her children to foster parents when Simone was 3. She said she is now sober and has pulled her life together after struggling with drug addiction for years.
Simone’s maternal grandparents took her in and officially adopted her when she was 6. They raised her the rest of her life, the Daily Mail said.
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SOURCE: Outsider, Josh Lanier