‘We all learned from you’: Taylor Swift hails Simone Biles for her resilience amid Olympic games in Tokyo
Taylor Swift paid homage to Olympic gymnast Simone Biles as the pair exchanged pleasantries on Twitter Tuesday.
The exchange began with an NBC commercial promoting Tuesday evening’s Tokyo Summer Olympics balance beam finals, with the famed singer, 31, doing a voice over in support of the 24-year-old Olympian after she temporarily withdrew from competition to address her mental health.
In the clip scored to her Swift’s song this is me trying, the singer narrated about Biles’ resilience amid the intense times.
The latest: Taylor Swift, 31, paid homage to Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, 24, as the pair exchanged pleasantries on Twitter Tuesday
‘What do we want from our heroes?’ Swift said. ‘What do we expect of them? What do we need from them? What happens when they surprise us? When you have the attention of the world, everything you do takes on a bigger meaning.’
She continued, ‘It can be a heavy burden. It can be a chance to change everything. Throughout the last week, her voice has been as significant as her talents, her honesty as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature.
‘But don’t you see? It still is – she’s perfectly human, and that’s what makes it so easy to call her a hero – Simone Biles, back on the beam in Tokyo.’
Biles cited the tweet and addressed the Shake It Off singer, writing, ‘I’m crying how special. I love you @taylorswift13.’
In a clip scored to her Swift’s song this is me trying, the singer narrated about Biles’ resilience amid the intense times
Back and forth: The gymnast and singer exchanged pleasant words on Twitter
The 11-time Grammy winner responded to Biles, ‘I cried watching YOU. I feel so lucky to have gotten to watch you all these years, but this week was a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We all learned from you. Thank you.’
Biles made a comeback Tuesday, re-entering the competition and winning a bronze medal in a balance beam routine after missing multiple Olympic events amid a case of the ‘twisties’ that led her to withdraw from competition.
Biles said, according to the AP, ‘It was something that was so out of my control; but the outcome I had, at end of the day, my mental and physical health is better than any medal. So I couldn’t be mad.’
She added, ‘We’re not just entertainment, we’re humans. And there are things going on behind the scenes that we’re also trying to juggle with as well, on top of sports.’
Comeback: Biles made a comeback Tuesday, re-entering the competition and winning a bronze medal in a balance beam routine
Swift was snapped in May in London getting the Global Icon award at The BRIT Awards