How Did Simone Biles Meet Her Boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr.?
Aside from her parents, Ron and Nellie Biles, as well as her siblings, the gymnast’s boyfriend continues to show his love and support for her on a daily basis.
So who is Biles’ handsome beau, Stacey Ervin Jr., and for how long has their adorable relationship been going on?
Biles and Ervin were friends before they became official
When it comes to Biles’ personal life, there is a lot we don’t know. But it seems her romance with Ervin is the real deal.
Since going public with their relationship back in 2017, the couple hasn’t been afraid to showcase their love on a regular basis.
From taking trips to exotic locations to packing on the PDA in their Instagram posts, this couple continues to prove they only have eyes for each other.
While it might seem as though there’s always been a connection between the pair, it turns out that Biles and Ervin’s romantic spark grew out of their longstanding friendship.
According to People, the Olympic gold medalist first met her beau (who’s also a gymnast) back in 2014 during the P&G Gymnastics Championships.
Though Biles told Ervin he was cute over Snapchat at the time, the pair developed a friendship rather than a romantic relationship over the next few years, seeing as how they were both devoted to their athletic training.
In spring 2017, the pair reconnected after Biles returned home from competing on Dancing with the Stars and found Ervin working as a coach at her family’s gym. They then started spending more together, and it didn’t take long for their friendship to turn romantic.
For their first date, Ervin took Biles to a sushi restaurant, which she initially wasn’t too thrilled about.
“He took me to a sushi place. He knows I don’t like sushi and he forced me,” Biles told People back in 2017. Though she wasn’t onboard with the food choice, the gymnast admitted that the date still turned out perfectly. “It was out of my comfort zone, which I liked,” she said.
Following their sushi date, the pair continued to spend quality time together. Then, in August 2017, they became official.
The couple’s relationship is still going strong
After becoming Instagram official, Biles didn’t shy away from opportunities to showcase her relationship.
From attending events together to cheering each other on during competitions, many could see that Biles and Ervin had a solid relationship.
Though it seemed like the couple was spending every waking moment together with their Instagram posts, it turns out that certain obligations have kept them apart for a good portion of their relationship.
With both Biles and Ervin being competitive gymnasts, devoting time to each other has been very difficult due to their training schedules and constantly traveling the world.
While being apart isn’t easy on any couple, Biles admitted that she and Ervin knew early on that maintaining a relationship was going to be difficult.
The Olympic gold medalist revealed that she and her beau are realistic about how much time they can actually commit to one another, and they know their careers are their main priority.
“He’s an elite athlete and he’s traveled and stuff, so he understands it,” Biles told People. “We already know in each other’s lives we don’t come first, and that’s okay with the both of us. So we do what we need to do, and then when we come together it’s fine.”
Now that Biles has returned to full-time training for the 2020 Olympics, it is possible that she’s once again too busy to go on dates and enjoy quality time with Ervin.
But Ervin hasn’t let any separation stop him from showing his love for his girlfriend while she continues to set world records.
Back in October, Ervin took to Instagram to prove he will always be Biles’ biggest fan by boasting about her making gymnastics history at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Along with a photo of his leading lady on the medal podium after receiving gold, Ervin wrote, “MY WOMAN IS A 5x WORLD CHAMPION IN THE ALL-AROUND & I COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD. I get hyped every time I watch her do her thing & today was no exception. Congratulations, babe! The whole world is proud of you.”
Ervin’s support for his girlfriend was instantly praised by millions, and even Biles couldn’t help but gush over how much his encouragement and love mean to her.
“He basically just screams into the phone and tells me how proud he is of me,” she recently told Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on Today. “He’s awesome times two.”