Athlete Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from Tokyo Olympics. The USA athlete cited mental health to be the main reason for her stepping down from the tournament. Many fans as well as celebrities appreciated Simone for valuing her mental health and showed their support to the athlete
“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day, we’re human, too. So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do,” said Biles, a four-time Olympic gold medalist.
American pop-star Justin Bieber is one of the celebs to praise Biles. Bieber took to his instagram handle lauding the athlete’s move. In a heartfelt post the celebrity singer wrote, “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. Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s.”
Justin himself has struggled with mental health issues and cancelled his Purpose Tour for his mental wellbeing. The singer further wrote, “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.”
United State’s former first lady, Michelle Obama also tweeted in support of Simone and wrote, “Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily. @Simone_Biles, we are proud of you and we are rooting for you. Congratulations on the silver medal, Team @USA!
Actors Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and Varun Dhawan are among other celebrities who extended their support to Simone Biles and thanked her for raising awareness around mental health.