How Simone Biles Really Felt About Husband Jonathan Owens' Controversial Relationship Comments

Four months after Jonathan Owens said he “didn’t know” who Simone Biles was when they started dating and talked about being “the catch" in a viral interview, the Olympian shared her reaction.

By Elyse Dupre Apr 17, 2024 1:14 PMTags
Watch: How Simone Biles Felt About Husband Jonathan Owens' Controversial Relationship Comments

Simone Biles is going to the mat for husband Jonathan Owens.

Nearly four months after the football player's viral interview, the Olympian shared her reaction to the public criticism and people calling for her to divorce him. 

"I thought it was hilarious at first, and then they hurt my feelings," Simone said on the April 17 episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast. "And then one night, I broke down and I'm like, 'Why are you guys talking about my husband like this? Like, you don't know him. You don't know who he is. And if anybody's met him, they know he's the sweetest guy and will do anything for anybody.'"

And ultimately, the gymnast thought some of the online comments went too far.

"That really hurt that they were talking about my husband like that," she continued. "Because for me, it's like, 'Talk about me all you want, but don't come for my family—never.' Because I've been in the limelight long enough where I can brush things off, have my little powwow about it. You're not going to know I cried about it, but I be crying about some stuff. But I only cry about it because I can't clap back. Just know that."

Every Time Simone Biles Proved She Is the GOAT

Back in December, Jonathan appeared on The Pivot Podcast and said he "didn't know" who Simone was when they first connected on a dating app. And when host Ryan Clark said, "You was really the catch," the Chicago Bears defensive back replied, "I always say the man the catch."


Looking back at that moment, Simone recalled being in the room for Jonathan's interview. 

"I was feeling great," she told Call Her Daddy host Alex Cooper. "I was like, 'My man just killed that.'"

But then she read the social media reactions.

"Whenever he did that interview, I thought everything was OK," the gold medalist added. "And then I go on Twitter and everybody's like, 'Divorce this man! He's mean!' And I'm like, ‘He's the sweetest. He praises the ground that I walk on.' Like truly, I've never met a man like him."

Simone then shared her take on why she felt people were upset about the interview. 

"First of all, that interview had nothing to do with me," she noted. "It was all for him. So I think they were mad that he didn't include me in the interview. But he has to have his moments too, and I let him have it." 

The 27-year-old also said Ryan was the one to bring up the "catch" comment.

"By the way, he said it, but Ryan Clark said it so many times," she shared. "Like, ‘Yeah, so you're saying…' It was kinda hyped up. You know boys, whatever, those conversations. They're drinking their little tequila, whatever it is. So I think that was the thing. If it was that girls' moment, it's just different. That was like their fireside chat that they're outside, hanging with the boys, whatever. There was nothing foul about it."

This isn't the first time Simone—who wed Jonathan last year—has weighed in on the incident. In December, she appeared to address the social media comments by tweeting to her followers, "Are y'all done yet?" 

Meanwhile, Jonathan seemed to suggest the remarks weren't going to bring him down. 

"Unbothered," the 28-year-old captioned an Instagram photo of the couple. "Just know we locked in over here."

And if you needed any further proof that Simone is indeed the GOAT, keep reading for her medal-worthy moments…

Presidential Medal of Freedom 

Biles was one of 17 people who received the nation's highest civilian honor in 2022.

Going for the Gold

Simone Biles first stunned the world during her participation in the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Belgium. There, she qualified first in the all-around, second to the vault final, sixth to the uneven bars final, fifth to the balance beam final and first to the floor final, which made her the first American gymnast to qualify to the all-around and all four event finals since 1991. At just 16 years old, Biles became the first Black and seventh American woman to win the world all-around title.

Movin’ On Up

Believe or not, the young athlete has four (!) gymnastic moves named after her. Among them is the double layout with a half twist, which the sports star debuted in her floor routine during the podium training for the 2013 U.S. Classic. Eight years after London Phillips completed it domestically in 2005, Biles was able to successfully nail the skill at the 2013 World Championships, earning the tribute. As of June 2021, only four gymnasts have successfully completed the Biles-on-floor exercise.

Breaking Barriers in History

In 2023, a decade after she won her first world title at age 16, the athlete won her 27th world gold medal at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, breaking the record for world medals and Olympic medals (7) combined with a total of 34.

Triple Title Holder

Biles once again proved she was a force to be reckoned with during the 2015 U.S. National Championships by securing her third all-around national title, becoming only the second woman ever to do so, 23 years after athlete Kim Zmeska.

Making Her-story Again

Also in 2015, during the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Biles ended her performance with an impressive final score of 60.399. With that victory, she became the first woman to win three consecutive all-around titles in World Gymnastics Championships history, bringing her total gold medal count to 10 at the time—also the most for any woman in World Championships history.

Shutting Down Beauty Standards

Biles has never been afraid to address her haters or anyone who has had something to say about her body image. In 2016, the gymnast first took to Twitter to express that she is "comfortable in her own skin." Most recently, in 2020, the athlete again reinforced self-love by releasing a statement declaring that she is "done competing with beauty standards and toxic culture of trolling…because nobody should tell you or I what beauty should or should not look like." Yeah, she stuck that landing. 

Pushing Through The Pain

Biles is also the first female gymnast since Daniela Silivaș in 1988 to win a medal on every event at a single Olympic Games or World Championships, having accomplished this feat during the 2018 World Championships in Doha. Biles helped Team USA secure the number one spot less than 24 hours after going to the hospital due to pain from a kidney stone. The star even took to Twitter at the time to say that the "stone could wait." Talk about pushing all the way through!

Watch Her Move

Another win stemming from the 2018 World Championships: Biles debuted her now-namesake vault, a roundoff, back handspring with half turn entry, front stretched somersault with two twists (yes, it's as astounding as it sounds) at the selection camp. As of June 2021, Biles is the only woman who has performed the Biles vault.

…And Move Some More

Biles followed up her jaw-dropping 2018 move with an impressive balance beam skill. She first started training the double-twisting double-tucked salto backwards dismount off of the beam in 2013, but debuted the stunner at the 2019 World Championships where it was given the rating H, the highest rating of any skill performed on the balance beam. Biles expressed disappointment at the skill being undervalued, but despite the rating controversy, she successfully performed it during qualifications and the Biles dismount was born.

Defying All Odds

Thanks to her outstanding performance during the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Biles once again broke records by surpassing gymnast Vitaly Scherbo's record 23 World medals by winning her 24th and 25th medals (both gold, of course).

A Woman Focused on Helping Other Women

In April 2021, Biles confirmed that she would be ending her partnership with Nike to begin one with the brand, Athleta. "I felt like it wasn't just about my achievements, it's what I stood for and how they were going to help me use my voice and also be a voice for females and kids," she explained to the Wall Street Journal of the move. "I feel like they also support me, not just as an athlete, but just as an individual outside of the gym and the change that I want to create, which is so refreshing."

The Legacy Continues

In May 2021, the athlete became the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike on the vault during her first competition in over a year. The new vault was given a preliminary value of 6.6, making it the highest valued vault in women's gymnastics.

Seventh’s Heaven

On June 6, 2021, Biles made history again by becoming the first woman to win a record seventh U.S. senior women's all-around title. "It's really emotional, especially going into my second time doing an Olympic run," Simone said after her victory. "It's really crazy, and I appreciate everyone that's come out to watch and support us, especially after the year we've had."

Representing Herself As The GOAT She Is...Literally

In June 2021, Biles had fans buzzing all over the social media once she debuted a new leotard bedazzled with the image of a goat. "The idea was to hit back at the haters," she told Marie Claire. "[The haters] were joking like, ‘I swear, if she put a goat on her leo, blah, blah, blah.' That would make them so angry. And then I was like, ‘Oh, that's actually a good idea. Let's make the haters hate it, and the fans love it.'"
And like everything else she manages to accomplish with ease, we do love it!

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