United States Olympic gymnast Simone Biles has an international man, and his name is Arthur Nory Mariano. Arthur is a Brazilian gymnast competing at this year’s Olympics as well.
Rumors of a budding romance between the two started last week after Biles posted an image of herself with Arthur and captioned it: “My Brazilian boyfriend.” Nory returned the favor, posting a similar image and titling it: “My US Girl.” The social media flirtation led many to believe that the two are an item, but are they?
A photo posted by Arthur Nory (@arthurnory) on
“We joke that we’re like international boyfriend and girlfriend because we see each other at these international meets, so I think that’s really cool,” Biles explained in an interview, calming the romance talk. “International friendships are the best, and I think it’s something you should cherish forever.”
Mariano’s message was similar when he was asked by US Weekly about the relationship. “We’re just friends, like when we see each other in competition and we text each other … [We met] in competition, at the World Championships in 2013.”
This isn’t the first time Biles has been romantically linked to another gymnast. Last year, there were rumors circulating that she and Alec Yoder were an item, gossip she shut down via Twitter.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2015