Simone Biles may usually wear her hair in a straightened, just-past-shoulder-length style, but for special occasions, she breaks out the extra-long braids. And what occasion could be more special than going "Instagram official" with her new boyfriend?
On Sunday, August 2, the world-champion gymnast shared two photos in a new post on her Instagram grid with the caption, "It's just us 🤎." But it's a slightly bigger deal than those simple words suggest: This is the first time Biles has posted a picture of herself with her boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, who plays for the NFL's Houston Texans. The couple is stunningly gorgeous, thanks at least in small part to Biles's beautiful braids.
The long plaits, which frame Biles's beaming face extend well beyond the bottom edge of the photos, one of which shows Owens nuzzling into the fellow athlete's neck with a kiss. In another photo posted to her Instagram Stories, Biles shows just how long those braids go: to her mid-thigh, with the untied ends tapering off into curls.
The comments are full of happiness for Biles — and they could honestly be about either her relationship or her hair. "SO CUTE 😭," one fan wrote, while another wrote, "I 👏🏼 am 👏🏼 here 👏🏼 for 👏🏼 this. 👏🏼 👏🏼❤️." Another comment reads, "Omgggg perfect in a picture 😘😘 god I love that hair on you so much your don't even know.❤️"
It was just two days ago that Biles posted a photo of herself in a messy, non-braided topknot with the caption, "New life who dis," so it's understandable that fans are feeling (pleasantly) surprised by the new look and new man. But one thing that shouldn't come as a surprise: We can't wait to see more photos of Biles, Owens — and Biles's braids.
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