Simone Biles talks the 'nervewracking' process of going public with boyfriend Stacey Ervin (exclusive)

In 2016, she performed physics-defying stunts in front of millions at the Olympics -- but this year, Simone Biles was anxious or a very different reason: She had to reveal to the world her first-ever boyfriend.

"I feel like we're a little bit nervous to put it out there because everyone has their own opinions," Simone told AOL of her new relationship. "It is different dating in the public eye, but I think we just do us."

Simone, a girls' empowerment advocate who recently teamed up with Target and Always to support Girls on the Run, found love in a familiar place: The gym! She fell for fellow gymnast Stacey Ervin, and since going public in August, the two have carefully shared glimpses of their romance on Instagram.

"You make me feel like the luckiest man in the world," Stacey wrote as he accompanied Simone at her induction into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

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Words cannot express how incredibly proud I am of you, all you've accomplished & how well you carry yourself. You make me feel like I am the luckiest man alive. Congratulation on your induction to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame! I can't wait to see what the future has in store. 😘
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"I feel like in the beginning, it was more nerve-wracking posting about [the relationship] ... but then it becomes somewhat normal and people are used to seeing it, so they're okay with it," Simone told us.

Thanks to her Olympics training, Simone didn't get much of a chance to enjoy college life -- so it's especially fortunate that she found Stacey, a University of Michigan grad who often brings his new lady along to football games at the Big House.

Sacrificing "normal" teenage years in favor of intense training came at a price, Simone admitted. "Most teens are already pretty uncomfortable, and to go through [teenage years] with thousands of people watching us, we have different ways of dealing with it."

Her experience overcoming those teenage challenges are part of why she's so supportive of Girls on the Run: "It’s so important for girls to know that they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to, and Girls on the Run plays an important role in helping girls build their confidence and pursue their dreams."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Olympian Simone Biles attends 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on May 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Olympian Simone Biles (R) and dancer Sasha Farber attend 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on May 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, SIMONE BILES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, SIMONE BILES
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHARNA BURGESS, BONNER BOLTON, LINDSAY ARNOLD, DAVID ROSS, NANCY KERRIGAN, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV, PETA MURGATROYD, NICK VIALL, EMMA SLATER, RASHAD JENNINGS, SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Olympian Simone Biles attends 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2407' - The seven remaining couples are presented with an all-new challenge, as they dance to celebrate 'A Night at the Movies.' One couple will receive immunity; the remaining couples will compete in a Dance-Off; and a double elimination will take place at the end of the night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, MAY 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2406' - The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) SASHA FARBER, SIMONE BILES
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Olympian Simone Biles (L) and dancer Sasha Farber attend 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on May 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2406' - The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2406' - The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Olympian Simone Biles (R) and dancer Sasha Farber attend 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2406' - The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) HEATHER MORRIS, NORMANI KORDEI, SIMONE BILES, NANCY KERRIGAN
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Olympian Simone Biles (R) and dancer Sasha Farber attend 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on April 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2404' - The 10 remaining celebrities will take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate with a dance to a time in their lives that left a lasting impression, as they commemorate their most memorable year, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, APRIL 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SASHA FARBER
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