Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is engaged to boyfriend Jonathan Owens after the NFL player popped the question in Houston, Texas, leaving fans intrigued to know more about her ex, Stacy Ervin Jr.
Congratulations to Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens!
The sports couple announced their engagement via Instagram on Tuesday, 16 February 2022, with Biles calling it “the easiest yes” and Owens declaring: “Woke up this morning with a fiancée,” implying he got down on one knee on Valentine’s Day.
Owens presented Biles with a gigantic sparkler by ZoFrost & Co, for which he hand-picked the centre stone that is mounted on a pava band.
Since getting together in March 2020, the couple haven’t been shy about publicising their romance, but where is her ex-boyfriend Stacy Ervin Jr now?
Meet Stacey Ervin Jr
Wrestler and fitness coach Stacey Ervin Jr was born in Taylor, Michigan, on 21 October 1993.
The 28-year-old is also a former gymnast, having competed in 16 national competitions from 2010 to 2016 while studying psychology at the University Of Michigan. Overall, he won six medals: four bronze, one silver and one gold.
While he has excelled at gymnastics, two of his three siblings are also involved in sport. Stacey’s brother Drake was involved in high-school baseball and basketball, while his sister Katrina plays soccer and runs cross-country. There is no information on his other sister, Danielle.
Stacey Ervin Jr is now a fitness influencer with his own training programmes. He regularly offers tips on healthy diet and workout routines to his 562,000 followers.
Why did they break up?
Biles and Ervin began dating in summer 2017 after her grandmother reportedly hired him to coach at her gym. They actually met three years before getting into a relationship, at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in August 2014.
Their three-year romance ended in early March 2020, which the Olympic champion revealed in her Vogue feature.
“It’s hard being young and having that long a relationship and then ending it. But it was for the best,” she revealed.
While the reason for their split is ambiguous, Biles did mention quarantine affected her a lot. She told Vogue: “It’s hard for us to be out of our element for such a long period of time. Because you go to work out and you release endorphins. You get any anger out. It’s kind of our oasis. Without that, you’re stuck at home with your own thoughts.”
Ervin reportedly got into a relationship with Kelly Kennedy after the break-up but it’s unsure whether they’re still together. Judging from a CeBe News video, Kennedy had several couple photos on her Instagram feed, but they’re no longer online.
What is Stacey Ervin Jr’s reaction towards Simone Biles’ Engagement
So far Stacey has not said anything about Biles’ engagement, unlike what some fans envisaged on social media about him reacting negatively. Though initially Stacey tried to spite Biles with the unwelcoming comment he made about getting a better replacement. But fans are thinking it’s Biles who actually go a better replacement.
What’s your own take on this?