Simone Biles admits it was "hard" for her and Stacey Ervin Jr. to call it quits after three years of dating -- but it's all "for the best."
The 23-year-old Olympic gymnast graces the August issue of Vogue magazine and opens up about what life has been like in quarantine. For starters, Biles and Ervin Jr., who is also a gymnast, broke up in early March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
"It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it," she tells the magazine. "But it was for the best."
While healing from her breakup, it was announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be postponed until next year. Biles says she wasn’t sure in April if she even wanted to compete, but now that it’s been rescheduled, she’s “starting to train” for the Games.
"I believe we’re going to come out of this stronger,” she tells Vogue's Abby Aguirre. “I believe next Olympics, it’s going to be, I got here in spite of. Once the athletes get back to training, I believe they will put more than their heart and soul into this. They will really have to prove that even this virus stopping the entire world will not take their goals away from them."
Biles also talks about the recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world and notes that while it's a start, she wonders why it took so long for society as a whole to address police brutality and racial injustice.
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@simonebiles stars on the cover of our August issue! With the 2020 Olympics postponed and a shadow hung over American gymnastics, Biles–who is widely regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time—has had to be resilient as never before. When Biles was first photographed in February and interviewed in March for this cover story, America was also a different place. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has upended regular patterns of life and #BlackLivesMatter protests have occurred from coast to coast. “We need justice for the Black community. With the peaceful protests it’s the start of change, but it’s sad that it took all of this for people to listen,” Biles said. “Racism and injustice have existed for years with the Black community.” At the link in our bio, Vogue reports on a champion looking ahead. Photographed in Feb. 2020 by @annieleibovitz, styled by @phyllis_posnick, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, August 2020