Justin Bieber expressed his support to Simone Biles, the 24-year-old gymnast who yesterday decided to retire from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to focus on hers psychological well-being.
After the unexpected withdrawal from the competition, the American athlete admitted: “I have to focus on my mental state and not jeopardize my health and my well-being”. “I don’t have more confidence in myself than before – said the 24-year-old four-time gold medalist at Rio 2016 and the first gymnast in history to have won five world titles in the individual competition – I don’t know if it’s a question of age. I’m a bit more nervous now when I get on the platform ”. Biles added: “I feel like I’m not enjoying myself as much as before. I know these are the Games, I wanted to play them but in reality I am participating for others, more than for myself. It hurts me deep down that doing what I love has been taken away from me. As soon as I step onto the platform it’s just me and my head… and there I am demons I have to deal with“.
Justin Bieber wrote Simone Biles a long letter shared on her Instagram account. “No one will ever understand the pressures you are facing“, Says the Canadian singer. Hailey Baldwin’s husband stated that he does not know the gymnast personally but is proud of her choice to leave the Tokyo Olympics. “I know what it means to gain the whole world but lose your soul. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s. When what you love starts stealing your joy, it’s important to step back and understand why“. In 2017 Justin Bieber said goodbye to his world tour to focus on his mental health and problems with anxiety and panic attacks: “People thought I was crazy but it was the best choice I could make. I am proud of you Simone ”.