Simone Biles is the tiny 19-year-old powerhouse considered to be one of the greatest gymnasts ever.
The Olympic gold medalist has famous fans like Zac Efron, Leslie Jones and even Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West, but now her family’s secret struggle is revealed as her biological mother Shanon speaks out to the DailyMail.com.
Simone was given up for adoption by Shanon, a former addict, while her father vanished from her life.
After spending time in foster care, Biles was adopted at age 6 by her grandfather Ron Biles and his wife Nellie.
The gymnast told us she credits her grandmother Nellie with her success today.
“She has always helped me find my strength and power in and out of the gym, so I definitely wouldn’t be here without her.
Watch the video for more of Simone’s story.