Simone Biles Says Her Wedding Completely ‘Topped’ Winning First Olympics: ‘It Was the Greatest Feeling Ever’

“I’ve never had so much fun in my life,” she said of her April 2023 nuptials in a new interview with ‘Vanity Fair’Simone Biles says her wedding was sweeter than a gold-medal finish at the Olympics.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the 26-year-old gymnast revealed that tying the knot with her husband, NFL player Jonathan Owens, in April 2023 was an unforgettable experience from start to finish.So unforgettable, she said, that it even managed to surpass her first appearance at the Olympics in 2016, when she scooped up four gold medals including the individual all-around and team titles.

“I’ve never had so much fun in my life,” Biles recalled of her nuptials. “I was 19 when I won my first Olympics, and I was like, ‘How am I supposed to top this?’ My wedding topped it.”

“It was the greatest feeling ever,” she added, explaining that she and Owens, 28, opted to say their “I dos” surrounded by only a small gathering of loved ones.

“We could have had so many more people,” Biles explained. “But we really wanted to make it as intimate and as special as possible.”While it wasn’t always easy, she said she and the NFL star trimmed their guest list down to their closest circle of family and friends.

“I was like, ‘Not to knock your football coach from third grade, but baby, when was the last time you talked to him?’ ” Biles recalled saying to Owens.

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The pair, who got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2022, first married in a civil ceremony in Houston, followed by a destination wedding in May in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Over the weekend-long event, Biles donned four different Galia Lahav gowns.

Unfortunately for Biles, her post-wedding glow was short-lived, as Owens had to fly to Green Bay, Wisconsin, immediately afterwards to join the Packers. “I cried a lot,” she recalled of adjusting to their long-distance marriage.

We’re both so busy, so it’s not like I’m sitting [around] waiting for him to come home, but it’s just hard,” she continued.Biles also opened up to Vanity Fair about meeting Owens on the dating app Raya when a friend encouraged her to join after a breakup. Although she was initially reluctant — “My guard went straight up when she said dating site,” she recalled — she wound up matching with her future husband in her very first week on the app.The second week I met him in person, and the rest is history,” she said. “We were hooked.”

Owens told Vanity Fair that he immediately noticed Biles’ laugh. “It was just contagious,” he explained. “We could talk all day and we’d stayed up late, and there just wasn’t an awkward moment.”

Months after their wedding, in October 2023, Biles shared that marrying Owens had completely shifted her perspective on life.

“Gymnastics is just something I get to come in and have the privilege of doing,” she said on the Today show.“I don’t feel like it’s the end all be all anymore, as before I kind of felt like that. I get to go home to my husband, to my dogs, to my house and all of the things. So it feels really good.”