Suni Lee Gets ‘Hate’ Over Relationship With Boyfriend Jaylin Smith

Suni Lee and Jaylin Smith. Courtesy of Sunisa Lee / Instagram

Talk. Suni Lee opened up about getting a backlash about her interracial relationship with her boyfriend Jaylin Smith.

“I know that Sunisa will be judged by certain eyes of the Hmong community because her man is black,” wrote a TikTok user in a video on Thursday December 30 in support of the couple. “LOVE is LOVE, no matter what race or gender you are. Continue to be your QUEEN. “

The Olympian, 18, then realized the harsh comments she suffered. “This makes me so happy,” she replied in the comments section. “I have received so much hate 😭 they support me when it is beneficial to them never when it comes to my happiness. Thank you!”

Lee made her romance with Smith – a football player from the University of Southern California – Instagram official in December 2021. (She is also a college student, attending Auburn University in Alabama.)

A month earlier, the dancing with the Stars The season 30 alum detailed his experience as a victim of a racially motivated attack on a night out with friends – all of Asian descent – in Los Angeles. She claimed that a group of people shouted racist slurs and told them to “go back to where they came from,” adding that one of the alleged perpetrators hit her with pepper spray.

“I was so angry, but there was nothing I could do or control because they drifted apart,” she told PopSugar in November 2021. “I didn’t do anything to them and, having the reputation, it’s so hard because I didn’t. done. I don’t want to do anything that will get me into trouble. I just let it happen. “

Lee made history at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 by becoming the first American Hmong gymnast to compete for Team USA. After winning three medals – including gold in the women’s individual – at the Games, she felt the control that comes with being in the spotlight.

“I have all these expectations of myself,” he told the outlet at the time. “Also, I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, so it’s kind of scary.”

In the same month, the athlete worked out the difficulties of balancing fame and his personal life.

“Mental health is definitely a very sensitive topic for me because it’s hard for me to talk about anything because I feel like the whole world is watching me right now,” she said. Us Weekly in November 2021. “If I say the wrong thing, people will say, ‘Oh, he’s just doing this to get attention’, [and] all this stuff. So it’s definitely very difficult, but there’s so much that a lot of people don’t know, which makes it really hard when I have to go to social media and see negative comments about me or people talking bad about me.

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