Simone Biles addressed her brother’s arrest in an emotional twitter post Monday night. The superstar gymnast’s biological brother Tevin Biles-Thomas faces multiple charges, including murder and voluntary manslaughter, stemming from a shooting that occurred on New Year’s Eve in Cleveland, Ohio.
Biles admitted she was “still having a hard time processing last weeks news.” She wrote, “My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families. There is nothing that I can say that will heal anyone’s pain, but I do want to express my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. I ask everyone to please respect my family’s privacy as we deal with our pain. XO.”
still having a hard time processing last weeks news pic.twitter.com/GU0nQt2PZY— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 3, 2019
Biles and Biles-Thomas did not grow up in the same household. Simone was raised in Texas with her grandfather, while Tevin lived in Cleveland with their aunt.
Biles spoke about her upbringing in a piece for CNN last year that detailed how she went from foster care to the Olympics. The five-time Olympic medalist advocated for education on behalf of children in the system, sharing, “My road to success began the day my grandfather and his wife officially adopted my sister and me. My birth mother suffered from drug addiction, and when I was just three years old, my siblings and I were removed from her custody.”
Biles, who made history last month at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships by landing a triple-double, one of the most difficult moves in the world, wrote, “Our circumstances shouldn’t define us or keep us from our goals, especially if that goal is higher education. My hope is that I can help other foster care children realize that goal in the months and years ahead.”