Simone Biles’ boyfriend, the Brazilian athlete Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano, had a message for the ‘Neighbours 2’ heartthrob Zac Efron, after the Team US gymnast not only bagged medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics but also kisses from her long time crush Efron.
After the images of Efron kissing on Biles’ cheek surfaced on the social media and became an instant hit, Mariano took to Instagram to post a message for Efron. “Hey @zacefron I saw her first… She is my girl.”
However, the Rio Olympic champion told the US Weekly that he and Biles are just friends, despite Biles calling him her “Brazilian boyfriend” in a previous post. The two met at the Olympic village ahead of the games in July, and Biles posted a picture of them hugging on Twitter shortly after.
“We joke that we’re like international boyfriend and girlfriend because we see each other at these international meets,” said the Brazilian athlete. But more than Simone Biles’ boyfriend, Mariano is an Olympic Gold medallist, the Hollywood Reporter reported. The Brazilian-Portugese- Japanese athlete could not hold back after winning bronze in men’s floor exercise finals on Sunday.
He is into cupping therapy which helps facilitate faster recovery after long hours of training. However, he was a follower of the cupping therapy much before it became a trend in the Olympics. He posted a photo of himself getting a cupping treatment for his shoulder in January, the People magazine reported.
Mariano is quite popular with women, especially with fellow female athletes. So this may give Biles a tough competition. There have been numerous images of him with beautiful gymnasts on Instagram right from the beginning of the Olympics. He and fellow Brazilian gymnast Jade Barbosa have grown pretty close and the duo often train together.
The Brazilian heartthrob also has a little sister named Rebeca Yori Karabourniotis with whom he shares a strong bonding.