The truth about Simone Biles' new boyfriend, Jonathan Owens

After several days of speculation, Simone Biles has revealed that there's a new man in her life. Biles went Instagram official with her boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, on August 2. Biles posted two photos of herself and her beau on the social media platform with the caption "It's just us."

As noted by The Shade Room on Instagram on July 23, Biles had previously wished Owens a happy birthday and posted a picture of Owens giving her a piggyback ride on her Instagram Story. The post led to rumors that Simone and Biles were romantically linked.

Biles' announcement came just a few weeks after she confirmed that she had ended her long term relationship with fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin Jr. in early March. As noted by People, the couple had been together since 2017, and were quite serious about each other with Biles once calling him the "man of her dreams."  While she didn't reveal what led to the split, it seems like things have worked out well for the gymnast. "It's hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it," she told Vogue in July. "But it was for the best."

Simone Biles and her new boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, have a lot in common

It looks like things did indeed work out for the best because Biles seems quite happy to be with Owens. Who is Biles' new boyfriend? Like Biles, Owens is also quite the talented athlete. The 25-year-old is a safety for the Houston Texans. Per his profile on the National Football League website, he attended Missouri Western State University. The pro athlete stands just an inch under six feet and weighs 210 pounds. 

According to Elle, Biles and Owens have a lot in common, aside from being athletes. Both Owens and Biles are based in Texas. Biles is training for the Olympics — which were pushed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — at the World Champions Center, which is located in Spring. Owens is based nearby in Houston, which is just 26 minutes away, so it's likely that the two are able to see each other frequently. 

Both athletes are also dog lovers. Biles has two French bulldogs named Lilo and Rambo who have their own Instagram account, @thebilesfrenchies, where Biles regularly posts adorable photos of them. Owens has an English bulldog, who also has his own Instagram account, @zeusthebulldog36.

Simone Biles and her new boyfriend, Jonathan Owens, are both close to their families

Both Biles and Owens are close to their families. In a Mother's Day tribute to his mom on Instagram, Owens wrote "you have been my biggest fan and supporter through it all. I'm so thankful for everything you've taught me."

He also revealed on Instagram that he has a tight bond with his sister, who he credits with inspiring his football career. "Who knows where I'd be if you didn't force me to start playing football," he wrote.

Biles has often spoken of her love for her parents. Biles was adopted by her biological grandfather and his second wife after her birth mother was unable to take care of her. "My parents saved me," she said when she was competing on Dancing With the Stars in 2017. "They've set huge examples of how to treat other people, and they've been there to support me since day one. There's nothing I could say to them to thank them enough."

How long have Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens been dating?

Biles didn't reveal how long she and Owens have been seeing each other or when they met, but we do know that they have been connected in the virtual sense since at least November 2019. Elle noted that Biles first liked one of his Instagram photos on November 27. The snap shows Owens on the football field. "'He may not come when you want him, but he'll always be there on time," he wrote in the caption. 'Never early, never late.' Always keep faith and trust the plan."

Owens doesn't frequently post on Instagram. Biles didn't like his next photo, although she showed some love to the one he posted after that. The next photo Biles liked on the social media platform was posted on March 9, which would have been around the time that she and her ex-boyfriend called it quits. The Instagram photo shows a shirtless Owens enjoying a sunny day standing on a balcony. "Gotta enjoy the fruits of your labor," reads the caption of the photo.