Simone Biles pushes back on her fans for being ‘disrespectful’ about her husband

Over the weekend, Simone Biles competed in the US Classic in Connecticut, where she earned the highest overall score and basically secured her spot on Team USA for the Paris Olympics. The US Gymnastic Olympic Trials are being held next month though, just FYI – Simone still has to compete there and earn her spot yet again.

At the US Classic, Simone’s husband Jonathan Owens was in the audience, supporting her and cheering for her. Jonathan has gotten a lot of crap for months now, all stemming from his unfortunate statements in an interview late last year. He claimed he didn’t know who Simone was when they met on Raya, that Simone pursued him, that men are the “catch.” He minimized her achievements and came across as ungracious. People were furious at him and there was widespread mockery of him on social media (it was even a TikTok trend). Well, Simone got mad about it and she’s been trying to say that we’re criticizing her (we are not) and that Jonathan is a good guy (okay, sure). She’s talked about it repeatedly in interviews and defended him. Well, after the US Classic, she once again got mad about what people are saying about her husband:

Simone Biles has had enough of people commenting on her marriage to NFL player Jonathan Owens. On May 19, Biles, 27, hit out at online scrutiny towards Owens, 28, on her Instagram Stories after he supported her at the 2024 Core Hydration Gymnastics Classic in Connecticut the day before.

“I’m going to quickly address this, the joke was never a joke! Y’all are blatantly being disrespectful to my relationship & my husband. So I’m gonna go ahead and say this one time. Respectfully, f— off,” Biles wrote. “[And] if you keep commenting or tweeting at me I’m just going to block you. Simple as that. And no I don’t need to touch grass or whatever tf y’all suggest….” she went on, before praising those who have supported their relationship.

“@ everyone else that supports us, we love y’all so much,” Biles concluded, adding a hand heart emoji.

“Being fake mad about people y’all don’t know from a can of paint is weirdo behavior,” Owens added on his Instagram Stories.

The negative comments surrounding the Chicago Bears safety came after he did an interview on The Pivot podcast in December calling himself “the catch” in their relationship.

“I always say that the men are the catch,” he said, adding that he “was fighting” against his natural feeling of being “afraid to commit” before he and Biles officially started dating.

[From People]

Someone pointed out that Simone’s touchiness on this is because Jonathan is the one complaining about it and it’s affecting their marriage. I think that’s exactly what’s happening – he’s “punishing” her because she’s more famous and she’s the one with a huge fanbase and he’s Mr. Simone Biles. I hate that Simone is basically bitching out her fans for this.

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  1. sevenblue says:

    I heard that guy first time at that podcast, so my opinion of him is very very low. But, what good does that do to her? At this point, seeing her husband getting mocked consistently would make her feel bad while she is competing in Olympics. If she is in a bad marriage, that won’t make her see the light. She needs to figure it out herself. She has been through a lot, let the girl live her own life. She got everyone’s message after the podcast, no need to go to her page and talk sh*t about her husband, marriage.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      Exactly, this won’t help her see the problem for what it is. Now if he divorces her because he clearly has a hard time handling his partner being more accomplished, she will blame her fans for driving him away.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      Is she from the south? Sounds to me like she’s absorbed some of those fundie Christian values about marriage, as in “respect your husband even when he’s being disrespectful because he’s a man and therefore more important than you” and her fans are saying, no, actually, you are important too and given your career, he doesn’t seem to recognize that publicly.

      • Cait says:

        Simone was homeschooled she was pretty sheltered . And did not live the most normal life with all the competing and coaching in gymnastics

      • Fortuona says:

        She is from Texas . And the Kelce boys were having a pop at him as well when her and Travis were on a Peoples Choice of List for 2024 and they were wondering why he was not nominated for it

    • Yup, Me says:

      I think Mr Biles probably WAS used to being the catch. He’s handsome and plays a sport well enough to do it professionally. That would have made him extremely desirable for many years prior to a lot of young women.

      It’s just that being pretty is nowhere as impressive as anything that Simone has done (while also being gorgeous) on her least accomplished day.

      He should be able to publicly acknowledge that she’s a catch in a whole other stratosphere than the one he was used to. But it takes a long time to humble a man who is used to being the pretty one. Especially if he doesn’t really seem to excel in any other respect.

  2. Juju says:

    I am not a fan of this guy but I don’t blame her. It’s one thing to think he’s shady but anyone that is DMing her about their opinion is crazy. That would irritate me too. She made her decision and married him, and as a fan folks have to just respect her choice. He made some stupid comments but as far as I know he’s been supportive of her career and she is happy.

  3. Jais says:

    This guys just needs to embrace it jeez. Wear a Mr. Simone Biles t-shirt with a smile on his face and call it a day. Can Mr. Serena Williams give him a call and some advice?

    • Smart&Messy says:

      The difference is that Alexis Ohanian is very accomplished on his own right, just not famous or g.o.a.t. Same with Travis Kelce. He is already building a new career on his current success. I think Owens can already see the limits he can reach as an athlete and doesn’t have the brains to figure out how to move on to other options. It’s sad, but doesn’t excuse his comments. I agree with everyone else who think he is going to divorce her and find a partner who let’s her be the star of the relationship.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        Exactly, Mr Serena Williams is not at all insecure because he is very accomplished in his own right and therefore totally willing to play Mr to his GOAT partner. It’s only insecure men who attempt to dominate their female partners.

    • tealily says:

      Right? That would go a long way to shutting people up, but from the sound of it, he’s not about to do something like that.

  4. M says:

    Grown man with fragile ego demands wife defend him from “haters”. Yea this marriage is not gonna last. He’s a loser.

  5. goofpuff says:

    This is just sad that she thinks she deserves this kind of man. I feel sorry for her having to deal with someone she loves who has such terrible insecurity that he takes it out on her.

    If he really supports her, he would have spoken out publicly and taken back his comments. He would have explained if it was a joke and that he really supports her and doesn’t mind being “Mr. Simone Biles” to her fans. They’re not his fans. They are HER fans so of course he’s Mr Simone Biles.

    • Wagiman says:

      I’ve followed her for a long time, it’s always about him, it’s kinda cringe to an old person like me. Id be embarrassed to fawn all over a man and it being so one sided. She appears to seem to want to stroke his ego constantly. Her choice. He’s very fragile but she strokes him on social non stop. So ick. And wow he didn’t know who she was and she was after him? Honestly, that sounds true.

      • lanne says:

        Remember she is used to the abusive treatment of USA gymnastics and the Karolyis. Fawning is probably normal to her. That plus social media parasocial relationships–only she knows her relationship so she should shut the noise out. If the warnings are legit (as they could very well be–he wouldn’t be the 1st man to be intimidated by a more successful partner and try to diminish her to feed his fragile ego), she will come to see it in time–he won’t give her a choice otherwise.

  6. Eleonor says:

    Fragile masculinity at work.
    He isn’t a catch sooner or later she will discover that.

  7. Sherry says:

    It’s really too bad they’re letting trolls affect their marriage. Social media strikes again.

    • C says:

      Nobody forced him to open his mouth and say something stupid and concerning at the same time. Franky he can give his own apology/explanation if it’s bothering her so much since he’s her partner and we aren’t. I don’t know why it’s her responsibility to bear the emotional burden of it so if she is, he’s letting her.

  8. Eurydice says:

    Well, if her fans are the ones who won’t let this go, who else is she going to bitch at? And I’ve been over this before, but this is criticism of Simone. It’s criticizing her for her choice of husband, it’s telling her that her personal experience isn’t the real one and that the outside world knows better, and it’s telling her how to run her own life – that she shouldn’t move on, but instead relive a stupid moment over and over.

  9. Mtl.ex.pat says:

    This makes me sad. His comments in the interview were all about diminishing her and making her small. Hopefully she’ll see it soon and not have kids with this fragile manchild…

  10. Amy Bee says:

    I feel bad for her. Alexis Ohanian used to love that people called him Mr. Serena Williams. Simone’s husband has a fragile ego and he’s taking it out on her.

  11. Chantal1 says:

    I am a huge fan and Simone’s performance this weekend was spectacular. And it was nice seeing him standing up and cheering for her. So it’s a shame that instead of celebrating her performance, she’s still defending her husband/his comments and letting negative comments get in her head. They both need to let this go and learn from it. Perhaps they should limit their time on social media. Blocking, moderating, or turning off comments are good moves if she/they don’t want to hear people’s negative opinions.

    • lucy2 says:

      I have to agree. Ideally people would leave her alone and not bother her with this, it’s her relationship, her choice, but people suck so that won’t happen. If I were both of them, I’d do my best to ignore it and stay off social media.
      She’s such an incredible athlete and seems like a sweet person who has been through a lot, I just want happiness for her.

  12. OriginalLeigh says:

    I really wish they would both take a social media break for the sake of their mental health, their marriage and her performance at the Olympics. (She will be given a spot on the team – even if she falls 12 times at the US trials. No one is denying the GOAT.) What he said was really dumb but it has been litigated and re-litigated at this point, and I’m not sure if it’s fair of us to judge their entire marriage off of one idiotic comment from a guy who clearly wasn’t ready for prime time. Her “fans” are not being helpful by continuing to troll her about the state of her marriage. Long term, they are both going to have to figure out if he can handle and celebrate being married to someone who will always publicly outshine him but I don’t know if they really need to figure that out today.

  13. Abby says:

    Ugh this whole story makes me feel bad for her. People need to leave them alone. This is who she chose to be, and I hope he grows up and learns to support her the way she stands up for him.

    Maybe he needs to join a support group with Serena’s husband and Travis Kelce as mentors.

    • Mel says:

      Alex Ohanian, knew she was the name but he has just as much if not more money than Serena. He is NOT insecure at all. Travis Kelce is famous in his own right, he’s not insecure either. Simone’s husband though, he’s a “who?” next to her AND she’s the money maker. He can’t take it.

      • Fortuona says:

        Travis and Jason ripped him for shit when Trav and her on the People’s Choice list for an Athlete in 2024

        Trav will happlly take the Mr Swift thing as a joke and both of them say that Kylie is the top athlete in the family even though at her Colleges final Commencement (it is being bought out by Villanova ) Address she says she in only #5

  14. Mel says:

    Never marry a person who can’t deal with your power. Her uber fans need to let it go, she decided to marry someone who needs her to make herself small for his insecure ego. It’s her choice, respect it and let it go.

    • C says:

      Honestly yes.
      The fact that the criticism of his words seems to overshadow her achievements (to the point where it makes her cry and she feels the need to do this repeatedly) illustrates a lot about the situation. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s demanding she do that.
      But it’s her life.

  15. ML says:

    I feel like I have had a front seat to how all sorts of people absorb information differently from me. Yesterday, we rushed to the other side of the NLs because my FIL had gotten some poor advice about his health (cancer, chemo and pneumonia antibiotics) and collapsed. He’s now in a hospital thankfully being cared for. Tons of people have issues with my out teen. Part of my family was brainwashed by conservatives..
    No one seems capable of hearing stuff until they’re in the right headspace. I do think Mr Simone dropped red flags, but bearing down on that is not helping SB.

  16. Brassy Rebel says:

    Continuing to make a thing of her husband’s remarks is not helping her. If he is emotionally abusive to her, I can guarantee that she will realize it eventually. She has to figure it out for herself. In the meantime, she will defend him because criticism of him feels like an attack on her. So-called fans need to back off.

  17. taris says:

    now, ladies, we all know a friend who’s been in a relationship with a bad dude whom she swore for the longest time was, in fact, a good man. one day, she suddenly wakes up and ‘gets’ it. love is one hell of a drug, and many people fail to see their partners for who they really are for many years.

    sigh.. i’m so sad to see this happen with somebody as brilliant as simone, though, and i do hope she’ll be okay.

    all this over-the-top defending of a man who’s clearly disrespectful to her is typical of women who don’t believe anyone better could ever love her.
    and, yes, i agree with kaiser that that man is the one who’s bothered and simone, desperate to keep peace in her home, is now forced to battle her own fans (the people who, unlike him, have known her and supported her for years).

    • Walking the Walk says:

      Yep. He’s mad that her fans keep going at him. They should both stop using social media. Simone got on Threads cause she got sick of Twitter. I don’t think people on Threads are doing this as much as people on Twitter and Instagram.

  18. Walking the Walk says:

    Look, she should get off of SM and her fans need to let it go. She does not care that she’s married to a man that treats and talks about her in this way. You saying stuff to her is making her dig in even more.

    That said, girl. No. I feel bad for her because that man’s NFL career is going nowhere. I think that when that ends she’s going to be forced to constantly talk about him, see about helping out his career, he’s going to be resentful (even more than he is now), etc. She married a man that seems to have ideas about what “real women and real wives” do and she knew that going in. I am seeing some of the messy flags from him that I saw from Keke Palmer’s ex.

  19. Truthiness says:

    The Pivot pod was a mistake. One thing though, Jonathan was very supportive when Simone was in Tokyo at the (Covid) Olympics, the one where she needed to withdraw from most of her events. He said she needed to take care of herself first and that he would be there for her regardless of her decision. Then she returned to the states and spent time returning to normal. Now that I’ve said that everyone can go back to btching about him.

  20. NikkiK says:

    I’m sorry but she needs to stop. A) she’s Simone Biles so why is even checking to see what other people are saying about her husband online and B) maybe she and her husband need to develop a sense of humor about it; one well placed joke is all takes C) her frustration seems misplaced and D) what’s that phrase again about hit dogs hollering…..hmmm.

  21. NotSoSocialB says:

    I’d bet that’s exactly what’s going on, and that is a bad sign. He’s gonna disrespect their marriage eventually because he is a grown man crybaby. Sooner than later. She deserves better.

  22. QuiteContrary says:

    “I always say that the men are the catch,” he said.

    Yeah, dude, we get it.