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Simone Biles’ boyfriend Jonathan Owens hails Olympics gymanst’s ‘strength and courage’ after shock competition exit

'MY CHAMP'

GYMNAST Simone Biles' athlete boyfriend stands by his Gold medalist girlfriend's move to bow out of the Tokyo Olympics for her mental health.

"Imma ride with you through whatever baby," wrote Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens on Instagram, followed by a number of heart emojis.

"Your strength and courage is unmatched and you inspire me more and more everyday SB," he added.

"You always gone be my champ baby and don’t you ever forget that, i love you so much and i can’t wait till you come home and i get to see that beautiful smile again. You know I’m always here for you baby."

Owens' Instagram post included several photos of Biles in and out of uniform and some with him as well.

Earlier this week, the world star gymnast dropped out of both the women's gymnastics individual all-around and the women's gymnastics team final.

"The outpouring love & support I've received has made me realize I'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Biles said she was "dealing with some things internally" when speaking to reporters about her decision to take a break.

Citing the mental stress and toll the events were taking on her mind and body, Biles joined a growing number of athletes choosing their own mental health over competition.

"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," wrote the USA Gymnastics team on Wednesday.

"Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals."

The 24-year-old still has four more events scheduled for this coming Monday.

They include: the individual finals vault, beam, uneven bars and floor.

It's uncertain whether Biles will compete in those events or if she will opt out as well.

Simone Biles out of individual Tokyo 2020 event due to mental health issues

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