And I'm crying too!
Simone Biles made her triumphant return to the Olympics on August 3, taking home a bronze medal in the balance beam competition. Everyone was thrilled for her: her fans, her boyfriend, and even Taylor Swift, who recorded a beautiful message about Biles before she hit the beam.
“Throughout the last week, [Biles's] voice has been as significant as her talents,” Swift said. “Her honesty as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature. But don't you see? It still is. She's perfectly human. And that's what makes it so easy to call her a hero. Simone Biles: back on the beam in Tokyo."
This message played over footage of Biles at the Tokyo Games, and Swift's song “This Is Me Trying” set the tone. Watch it for yourself, below.
Biles was very moved by Swift's message. She retweeted it and wrote, “I'm crying. How special. I love you @taylorswift13.”
Swift then retweeted Biles's message and wrote, “I cried watching YOU. I feel so lucky to have gotten to watch you all these years, but this week was a lesson in emotional intelligence and resilience. We all learned from you. Thank you.”
Earlier in Taylor Swift's tribute video, she said about Simone Biles, “What do we want from our heroes? What do we expect from them? What do we need from them? What happens when they surprise us? When you have the attention of the world, everything you do takes on a bigger meaning. It can be a heavy burden. It can be a chance to change everything.”
On her Tokyo Games experience, Biles wrote on Instagram, “Not at all how I imagined or dreamed my second Olympics would go, but blessed to represent the USA. I’ll forever cherish this unique Olympic experience. Thanks everyone for the endless love and support. I’m truly grateful. Leaving Tokyo with 2 more Olympic medals to add to my collection isn’t too shabby! Seven-time Olympic medalist.”
Yes, she is!
This story originally appeared on: Glamour - Author:Condé Nast