Taylor Swift Brings Simone Biles to Tears With Touching Tribute
Taylor Swift narrated an inspirational video for NBC’s broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the balance beam final. In the video, Swift called Simone Biles a “hero” for all she has done in Tokyo.
“What do we want from our heroes? What do we expect from them? What do we need from them?,” Swift says in the spot. “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.”
The video shows Biles discussing putting “mental health first.” She had withdrawn from the gymnastics team final, citing needing to prioritize her mental health. She then withdrew from the all-around competition or the finals for vault, uneven bars or floor exercise. Then, she announced that she would be returning for the balance beam finals.
“Throughout the last week her voice has been as significant as her talents. Her honesty is as beautiful as the perfection that had long been her signature,” Swift continues. “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.”
Following the publishing of the video clip, Biles tweeted, “I’m crying. How Special. I love you @taylorswift13.”
Swift then responded with, “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.”
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