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Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens have been dating since March 2020, right before the pandemic.
The athletes first connected on social media, with Biles sliding into Owens' DMs.
The couple just confirmed their engagement on Instagram. "THE EASIEST YES," Biles wrote.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and NFL player Jonathan Owens are engaged after nearly two years of dating.
"THE EASIEST YES," the 24-year-old gymnast wrote on Instagram, as she shared photos of Owens, 26, down on one knee.
Biles and Owens, an NFL safety for the Houston Texans, are one of the biggest athletic power couples out there. Here's a closer look at their relationship over the past two years, from their first post on Instagram to now.
March 2020: They connect via social media and start hanging out
According to a Texas Monthly profile in June of Owens, the two met right before COVID-19 shut down both of their sports.
"We ended up hanging out right before the pandemic," Owens said. "It was one of the few times in her life where everything was just shut off and she couldn't do anything. So we used it to get to know each other — really get to know each other. It created our bond and made it stronger. Now I'm so thankful."
Biles told The Wall Street Journal in July that the two met on Instagram.
"He would say I slid into his DMs. I saw him and I was like, 'Oh, he's pretty cute,' so I said hi … and then I saw that he was in the Houston area, so we started chatting a little bit, and then we went to hang out a week or two later."
Owens added in the Texas Monthly profile that he'd noted Biles' 4 million (at the time) Instagram followers.
A few weeks later, according to Biles, her younger sister, Adria, saw they were talking on FaceTime, and stole her sister's phone to ask if Owens was coming to a family trip to their lake house. He accepted the invite and even brought his bulldog, Zeus.
August 2020: Biles debuts Owens on her Instagram
Biles posted a sweet photo of the two of them for the first time on August 2. She captioned it "it's just us" with a brown heart.
A few weeks later, she joked about her gymnastics prowess with a photo of the two captioned "the only time I fall is when he's there to catch me."
According to The Wall Street Journal, Owens also began attending Biles family dinners every Sunday around this time.
September 2020: Owens posts about their relationship for the first time
About a month later, on September 8, Owens posted about Biles on Instagram for the first time — a mirror selfie captioned, "Now you rockin with a real one."
December 2020: Biles spends Christmas with Owens' family and watches Owens play
Owens shared a series of photos with Biles and his family in matching pajamas, captioned, "Always good to spend Christmas with the fam ❤️ Happy holidays to everyone."
Biles posted her own photo with Owens with the caption, "if santa ask, the elves did it! merry christmas."
Two days later, Biles posted about watching Owens play with the Texans, before the couple celebrated the new year together.
February 2021: They celebrate Valentine's Day together with an elaborate setup
Biles and Owens both shared Instagram posts of their ornate decorations, complete with a giant "LOVE" sign, balloons, and rose petals.
March 2021: They travel to Belize to celebrate their anniversary and Biles' birthday
Biles and Owens both posted about their vacation to Belize, including this photo, captioned, "i love you more than i love Belize and thats a lot."
Owens posted later in the month for Biles' 24th birthday, complete with a Jay-Z quote.
The following month, the couple took another trip, this time to Florida.
June 2021: Owens watches Biles compete for the first time at the US Gymnastics Championships
Biles won her seventh national all-around title. Owens posted how proud he was of his girlfriend, with Biles commenting to thank him for coming.
"I love you so much 🤎 I'm so happy you got to come watch while in the middle of OTA's," she wrote, referring to the Texans' organized team activities. She added, "you a real one."
Owens told Texas Monthly that watching her compete in person was "unbelievable." He added, "It's so amazing to watch. When I saw her for the first time, I realized that the TV really doesn't do it justice. When she goes out there and does it, it looks so effortless."
June 2021: Owens speaks about their relationship for the first time and says he 'didn't know who' Biles was when she reached out
During Owens' Texas Monthly interview, we got to hear about their relationship for the first time, including that Owens didn't know who his superstar future girlfriend was.
"I didn't know who she was," he said. "I just hadn't heard of her, and when I told her that, that's one of the things she liked."
He gushed about how their bulldogs get along, how amazing it was to see her compete, and why they get along so well.
"This was a match made in heaven," Owens said. "There's no better person for me. She loves me, she's so affectionate. I just love that. And it's just intoxicating seeing how much work she puts into everything."
Owens also spoke about how excited he was for Biles to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
"It's gonna be amazing. I'll be nervous. I'll be like, 'Oh my God, oh my God,'" he said.
July 2021: Biles wishes Owens a happy 26th birthday from Tokyo
Biles traveled to Tokyo for the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics.
"Here in Japan it is already my favorite persons birthday," Biles started off her caption.
"HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY BABE. @jowens_3 I love you so much. Can't wait to celebrate you when I get home! thanks for keeping me sane during the craziest times. an ear to vent too, someone to share fun times with and make the best of memories. not sure how I got so lucky & what I'd do without you! But I hope you have the best day ever. Not too much fun without me tho hahaha. forever yours, S," she finished.
July 2021: After Biles experiences the 'twisties' and withdraws from 2 Olympic events, Owens shares his love on Instagram
"Imma ride with you through whatever baby," Owens wrote alongside a carousel of photos of the two of them. "Your strength and courage is unmatched and you inspire me more and more everyday SB. You always gone be my champ baby and don't you ever forget that, i love you so much and i can't wait till you come home and i get to see that beautiful smile again. You know I'm always here for you baby," he said.
Biles commented "I love you so much" with a heart and a fingers crossed emoji.
December 2021: Biles supports her boyfriend at his first NFL start
Biles was there to cheer on Owens during his first NFL start on December 12.
"GAME DAY!!!!" she wrote in an Instagram post of the couple. "#36 on the field #1 in my heart."
Then, on December 26, during a game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Owens made a key interception against quarterback Justin Herbert then added a fumble recovery. Biles was watching from the stands.
"I'm so proud of you, watching you get your first NFL interception & fumble recovery was a dream!" she wrote on Instagram. "all the hard work is paying off & this is just the beginning!"
February 2022: The couple reveals they're engaged
On Instagram on February 15, Biles shared a series on photos showing the proposal and her oval-cut diamond ring.
"THE EASIEST YES," Biles captioned the photos. "I can't wait to spend forever & ever with you, you're everything I dreamed of and more! let's get married FIANCÉ."
Owens, who also shared the photos to Instagram, commented on Biles' post, saying, "Ready for forever with you."
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