Olympic gymnastic gold medalist Simone Biles won our hearts in 2016—and this year on Dancing With the Stars, she’s winning them all over again. This week, she danced with her partner Sasha Farber to the popular Christian song, “Good Good Father”—and homage to her adoptive dad, who is her biological grandfather. In the heart-wrenching video piece leading up to the dance, Biles explains why the theme, “My Most Memorable Year” led her to choose not 2016, when all her Olympic dreams came true, but the year 2000, when she was adopted.
“Growing up, my biological mom was suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and she was in and out of jail,” Biles explained. “I never had mom to run to. I do remember always being hungry and afraid. At 3 years old, I was placed in foster care.”
Her tears cut straight to the heart as she talks about getting visits from her then-grandpa while she was in a foster home.
“Whenever we had visits with my grandpa, I was so excited,” she said, unable to keep her composure. “That was the person I always wanted to see walk in to the foster home.”
(Seriously, GET YOUR TISSUES, people! Her testimony is s moving!)
Her dad, Ron Biles, says he never wanted his grandchildren to be in foster care. “I said, ‘send them to me,'” he says—and it wasn’t long before Simone and her sister stole his and wife Nellie’s heart, and they wanted to make them a forever family. Simone recalls the moment she learned that her grandparents would now be her parents forever, saying her dad said, “OK, you know how you called us Grandma and Grandpa? You can call us Mom and Dad now, if you want to.”
“My parents saved me,” says Simone. “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.”
Watching her AMAZING performance to the song “Good Good Father” brought me to tears, as did seeing her gratefulness over her parents’ love and sacrifice for her. Such a reminder of how God has loved and adopted each one of us into His forever family, too, and how we should never take it for granted!
I am definitely rooting for Biles on DWTS this season, and I hope her testimony of hope from foster care to adoption continues to inspire thousands of foster kids and adoptive families!