Simone Biles Olympics 2020: From Justin Bieber, Elijah Wood to Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, celebs stand for the icon’s decision to withdraw, slam Piers Morgan for scathing tweets


Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities are rallying behind Simone Biles after she decided to withdraw from a competition of gymnastics at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020 to care for her mental health. Simone at a press conference following the event said, “I felt like it would be a little better to take a back seat, and work on my mindfulness. I didn’t want the team to risk a medal because of my screw up.” Simone also spoke about her mental health and said, “We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too. So, we have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do. Physically, I feel good. I’m in shape. Emotionally, it varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn’t an easy feat.”

Following Simone’s dropping out of Olympic events, British commentator Piers Morgan decided to criticize the 24-year-old icon’s and wrote a couple of scathing tweets. However, he received truckloads of brickbats from netizens as well as Hollywood celebs that came to clap back at the former CNN host's vitriol while they showered praise on Simone for standing up for herself and called her brave and a true sign of leadership.

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Elijah Wood, Ed Asner, Chelsea Handler, Richard Marx, Malynda Hale, Charlotte Clymer, Tony Posnanski, Brianna Keilar slammed Morgan for his unsavoury tweets  against Simone. See their tweets below. 

On the other hand Michelle Obama, Billy Eichner, Adam Rippon, Beth Behrs, Loni Love, Justin Bieber, Andy Cohen, Ellen Degeneres, Amanda Gorman, Uzo Aduba, Fiza Pirani, Hoda Kotb, Bobby Berk, Felicia Day, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Raisman, Damien Woody, Ronda Rousey, Karl-Anthony Towns, Meena Harris, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Jaime Harrison, Jen Psaki, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, Kennelia, Eliza Skinner and others stood up for Simone and her decision of prioritizing her mental health against an Olympic medal. Check out their tweets below.

Bollywood celebs also rallied behind Simone for her decision to drop out. Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Deepika Padukone, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and several others hailed Simone’s decision and took to social media to send out messages for the athlete and for people grappling with mental health issues. Check out the posts below.

Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and other celebs support Simone Biles after she withdraws to focus on mental health

Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and other celebs support Simone Biles after she withdraws to focus on mental health

(Source: Twitter/Instagram)