"Don't call, and don't visit." That was the message the man who adopted Simone Biles, the biggest American star of the Rio Olympics, sent to the girl's biological mother.
Shanon Biles, Simone's biological mother, said she had to give her daughter up for adoption to her own father -- and revealed the harsh way in which that happened.
Shanon was not able to be in Rio to watch her daughter, Simone, compete in the Olympics -- rather, she had to watch from her home in Columbus, Ohio. Shanon said she’s proud of her daughter, despite not being able to support her in person, and said it’s been a journey toward having a relationship with the 19-year-old.
When Simone was 6 years old, she and her younger sister were adopted by her maternal grandfather, Ronald, and his wife, Nellie. Shanon’s parents had to intervene when she could no longer care for her children because of drug and alcohol addictions.
“When we signed the [adoption] papers, it was like my dad flipped a switch on me -- no communication, don’t call, and don’t visit. That’s how it was at the beginning,” Simone told the Daily Mail.
“It took me six years before I saw my children again. I was respecting my Dad to let the kids’ transition, he felt that was the best thing for them. It was hard to give up my kids but I had to do what I had to, I wasn’t able to care for them. I was still using and he didn’t want me coming in and out of their lives when I wasn’t right. I was hard-headed, I didn’t care, screaming, ‘I want to see my kids, why you doing this to me?’ I didn’t understand it at the time but years later, I understood why. I had to deal with me first.”
Shanon, who has been sober since 2007, said she felt her father was insincere when speaking to NBC about her battle with addiction -- telling TMZ Sports that he “could have been more classy about it.”
Despite the slight beef with her father, Shanon told the Daily Mail she has a relationship with her daughter and wants to open up to her more about the dark period in her past now that Simone's older.
"When I talk to Simone, it’s a brief conversation, like, 'I miss you, I love you, I can’t wait to see you, I’m proud of you, I’m watching. You go girl,'" she said.
“It’s never anything personal. I want to tell her what really happened when I was younger but I keep on waiting for the right time. My dad and his wife, they don’t let me talk about it. And I want to keep that respect. I don’t want to overstep my boundaries with my dad because I appreciate everything he has done.”