Professional gymnast Simone Biles is getting married to Jonathan Owens.
And Biles wasn’t the only one excited to hear the news. Fans quickly poured into the comments section, filling it with congratulations and well wishes.
And as for the soon-to-be groom himself? He posted a series of pictures celebrating their relationship and engagement, including behind-the-scenes footage of how he made it happen.
But this isn’t the first time he’s gushed over the superstar athlete. In an interview with Texas Monthly, Jonathan Owens discusses his now fiance, saying, “Her energy is something. She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man ….”
But who is Jonathan Owens? The Houston Texans safety is turning heads in the professional league. Following a tough four years in the NFL, many are now calling Owens a rising talent.
However, Owens is making a name for himself on and off the football field. And his engagement to renowned athlete Simone Biles just adds to the buzz. Here are five facts about Simone Biles’ fiance:
Simone Biles slid in his DMs
Biles and her fiance met on Raya, an exclusive dating app for celebrities.
Biles admits to finding Owens “pretty cute,” so she introduced herself, and the rest is history.
Their relationship grew during the pandemic
When the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020, the world seemed to change overnight. From heated debates about vaccines to toilet paper shortages, the pandemic brought out a lot of chaos and confusion for many people.
But for Biles and Owens, the pandemic helped their relationship blossom.
In 2021, Owens sat down for an interview with Texas Monthly. He explains how the pandemic shaped their relationship, saying, “We ended up hanging out right before the pandemic.”
“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,” he said.
Jonathan Owens is an animal lover
Owens, a towering safety for the NFL, may look intimidating. But actually, Owens is far from it. In fact, in an interview with Today, Biles explains why she loves him, saying, “He’s a real man. I love him. We have a great time together.”
“Our personalities match right up. We have the same sense of humor. He’s just great,” she added.
Even better, he and Biles both love dogs. And fortunately, when Biles introduced her two bulldogs to Owens’ one, the three dogs hit it off immediately.
“I’ll show up at her house and her dogs will peek around her looking for my dog. They’ve become best friends,” Owens said.
He supports her fully
According to Biles, Owens makes it a point to support her and attends her competitions to cheer her on. When President Joe Biden awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Owens was her biggest supporter.
He also stood by her decision to withdraw from the Olympics for mental health reasons. Because as a professional NFL player, he understands her athletic journey more than most.
In his interview with Texas Monthly, he says, “We talk all the time about that, just the pressure she goes through.”
“I try to be her motivating factor whenever I sense that she’s kind of maybe getting down on herself. If practice was a little rough, or your body may not be feeling great right now,” he added.
He's her escape
Even though Biles and Owens are professional athletes, they try to maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives.
The two regularly share glimpses of their relationship on social media, posting pictures of themselves at dinner, theme parks and partying. But if you ask Owens, he finds their relationship just as therapeutic as she does.
“This was a match made in heaven,” he says. “There’s no better person for me. She loves me. She’s so affectionate. I just love that.”