What EXACTLY is going on between Simone Biles and Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nory Mariano?
After Miz Biles shared a picture of herself (above) hugging her ‘Brazilian boyfriend’ at the end of July, many speculated a romance was blossoming between the two athletes. Hmm, very inneresting!
Not to mention, the duo recently exchanged some pretty precious messages back and forth on Twitter (below).
However, while many fans may ship these two together, it appears they are… JUST FRIENDS. Bummer!
Following the Men’s Gymnastics Team All-Around finals, Mariano told Us Weekly:
“We’re just friends, like when we see each other in competition and we text each other. [We met] in competition, at the World Championships in 2013.”
Well that’s sweet. Simone also confirmed that she and Arthur are just friend as she too dished to the publication:
“We joke that we’re like international boyfriend and girlfriend because we see each other at these international meets, so I think that’s really cool. International friendships are the best, and I think it’s something you should cherish forever.”
We’re not crying, you are! Unfortunately, Simone and Arthur don’t get to see each other too much in the Olympic village as both their schedules are pretty busy. She continued:
“[I] might see him in the cafeteria, but other than that we don’t get to see each other.”
Fair, fair. While we would LOVE to see these two eventually get together, it sounds like Simone’s heart may be located stateside. Back in May, the New Yorker noted that there was:
“…a boy she was not calling her boyfriend, but whom she would kill if he started dating anyone else.”
Who knows, maybe this mystery man will make an appearance in Rio?? LOLz!
[Image via Simone Biles/Twitter.]