Drew Barrymore Fans Are Getting Extremely Emotional Over Her Latest Instagram Post

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Drew Barrymore is adding her voice to an ever-growing chorus of celebrities and elite athletes throwing their support behind Olympic gold gymnast Simone Biles.

After Simone decided to withdraw from both the team final and all-around individual events at the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental well-being, the 46-year-old talk show host shared her thoughts on the matter in an emotional Instagram post. Alongside three photos of Simone (which you can see here), Drew penned a lengthy caption explaining how "in awe" she is of the 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist. 

"Without any assumption to know you, I believe you continue to set a bar for life that is unparalleled," the Never Been Kissed star began. "So many people don’t know what to do and how to take care of themselves."

Drew then got personal in the post about why Simone's actions are so inspiring to her:

I have spent so much of my life running. Started at 11 months old working and I have been running ever since. I am happy. Just another human on my journey. But I fight like a lion for that happiness by kicking my own butt all over town trying to achieve self improvement. I hate the term self care. There is no fight in it and it is too passive for me. But I now have a face. You! Simone Biles. A beautiful embodiment of what it’s looks like to say no and stop running some times. It is in the form of an insanely disciplined and impossibly talented human. I will see you and your face the next time I am unsure of how to stop running.

You have changed lives with this. You gave up so much and I am convinced your rewards will be far greater. The return on the investment of ourselves is priceless, And yet you sacrificed so much to be this bold. You will take on a much more everlasting role, if you want it, on how all of us are supposed to live. You have become an even greater hero in this moment if that is possible?!And again, thank you. I will be envisioning you as I move forward in my own life. I believe I am among a sea of grateful people, that get to keep loving and admiring you. Now for even bigger reasons than the seemingly insurmountable ones before. Lead. Please. But also please ask of people what you need too. And then we can all take care of each other.

In reaction to the emotional post, many of Drew and Simone's fans thanked the actress for sharing her thoughts and paying tribute to the Olympian. "She is such a strong woman and a great role model for the young people," one fan wrote. "Drops 🎤 and walks away. Simone IS Thee MVP. This is beautifully said Drew. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽," another added. "With deep sincerity, I hope this reaches her...👏," a different fan remarked.

Photo credit: Laurence Griffiths
Photo credit: Laurence Griffiths

At this time, it's unclear whether Simone will compete in the remaining individual events at the Tokyo Games, which are set to take place Sunday, August 1 through Tuesday, August 3. A statement from U.S.A. Gymnastics indicated that Simone will "continue to be evaluated daily" to determine whether she'll return. 

"We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being," the statement said. "Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many."

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