Celebrities, Athletes, and Activists Show Support For Simone Biles After Recent Final Exit

Simone Biles exited the Olympic women's gymnastics team final on July 27 and all-around final on July 28 for her mental health. After some reports stated that her exit was due to an injury, Simone said that was not the case during a Team USA press conference. "No injury, thankfully," she said. "That's why I took a step back, because I didn't want to do something silly out there and get injured, so I thought it was best if these girls took over and did the rest of the job, which they absolutely did. They're Olympic silver medalists now, and they should be really proud of themselves for how well they did last minute having to go in."

"Sometimes people forget Simone is human."

Simone previously wrote on Instagram, "I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times," and during the press conference, she said she's "never felt like this going into a competition before." It's still unclear whether Simone will participate in the remaining event finals in Tokyo. However, while speaking with reporters, the 24-year-old athlete said she was "just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days."

Following Simone's exit, celebrities, activists, and athletes alike showed their support for the gymnast on social media. In response to Simone's post about Team USA's silver medal win, her boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, commented, "I'm so proud of y'all 🤞🏽❤️." Simone's former teammate Aly Raisman also shared an important reminder during a Tuesday appearance on the Today show. "When you watch the coverage of gymnastics, I think sometimes people forget she is human," Aly said. "She has pains like all of us, she has stress like all of us. Simone has more pressure than any other gymnast I've ever seen in my lifetime." See how everyone is rallying around Simone ahead.

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Justin Bieber

"Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don't know each other but I'm so proud of the decision to withdraw. It's as simple as - what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul," he wrote on Instagram. "Sometimes our no's are more powerful than our yes's. When what you normally love starts to steal your joy it's important we take a step back to evaluate why. People thought I was crazy for not finishing the purpose tour but it was the best thing I could have done for my mental health!! So proud of you @simonebiles."

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Michael Phelps

"The easiest way for me to say this is athletes, and Olympic athletes in general . . . we need someone who we can trust, somebody that can let us be ourselves and listen. Allow us to become vulnerable. Somebody who's not going to try to fix us," he shared with NBC's Mike Tirico on July 27. "We carry a lot of weight on our shoulders, and it's challenging. Especially when we have the lights on us and all these expectations that are being thrown on top of us . . . We're human beings. Nobody is perfect. It is OK to not be OK. It is OK to go through ups, downs, and emotional roller coasters."

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Janet Jackson

"Sending luv and prayers to you. Putting your mental health 1st IS putting you 1st. I stand with you," the singer wrote on Twitter on July 27.

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Tamar Braxton

"If no one else will put you first . . YOU put you first- extraordinaryTamarBraxton🍀✨," she shared on Instagram alongside a photo of the gymnast on July 27. "A big shout out to this woman @simonebiles who wasn't afraid to do that. Super proud of you❤️✨ #stayunderconstruction"

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