Simone Biles straight-up warned Instagram that she’d be “distracting” anyone viewing her content ahead of the weekend. The 23-year-old gymnast – now the world’s most decorated – has mostly been making headlines this month for her jaw-dropping bikini body: a series of pool-set thirst traps from the 30-time Olympic and World medalist proved well-received amid Simone’s 3.8 million followers, with her “Tiger King” bikini shout-out even sparking a $100 bidding war after fans assumed the star wouldn’t reply to her own comments.
Keep scrolling for the photo, plus the viral Handstand Challenge that saw Simone lose her pants.
Seen below, Simone’s photo showed her looking carefree, relaxed, and summery. The Ohio native had been shot outdoors from her quarantine backyard, with the beauty going simple in the wardrobe department – Simone was showing off her muscly arms in a white t-shirt, also rocking an acid-wash pair of tight blue jeans with a hoop detail around the zipper. A flash of those pearly whites came as Biles smiled from under a floppy hat – “Let me distract you,” she wrote.
Over 125,000 likes have been left to the photo.
Simone, currently reported to be single after her boyfriend Stacey Erwin Jr. allegedly cheated on her over Valentine’s Day, brought in a mega response – and not just in likes.
“Single Simone is really out here POPPING OFF during quarantine ?,” one fan wrote.
“@ashley_kurz123 he cheated on her…,” another said, with the comment generating a “WHAT?”
“So early do you reply tho??” was another comment.
Simone does, indeed, reply. Her Carole Baskin “Tiger King” shout-out saw a fan betting $100 that no reply would be granted – Simone then made the comments section explode as fans betting much higher amounts saw her swoop in: “So who gets the money???” she wrote. Handstand challenge is further down.
Simone fronted media outlets last month for delivering an epic Handstand Challenge currently sitting at over 2.3 million views. The home-set footage showing Simone enter into a long-maintained handstand while simultaneously using her feet to remove a pink pair of sweatpants crushed the platform, even bringing in a comment from 53-year-old Oscar winner Halle Berry.
“I love you woman but only YOU can do this,” Halle wrote.
“Honestly, taking my pants off standing up is sometimes a challenge,” another comment read.
Then there was the “wine to five thirst trap.”
Simone was due to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, now postponed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on “The Today Show,” Simone admitted the news had left her in tears – the gymnast did, however, state she felt it was the right move.
“We need to be sure everyone in the U.S. and around the world is safe,” Simone said, adding:
“I cried, but ultimately, it was the right decision. Mentally, going another year, I think that’s what going to take a toll on us.”