Who is Jaylin Smith? Meet Olympian Suni Lee's boyfriend

Amber Peake January 5, 2022
Who is Jaylin Smith? Meet Olympian Suni Lee’s boyfriend
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Gymnast and Olympic champion Sunisa “Suni” Lee has made the news this week as she addressed hate she has received over her relationship with boyfriend Jaylin Smith.

As their relationship trends online, fans are curious to know more about Jaylin Smith. Let’s take a look…

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Who is Jaylin Smith?

While Suni Lee rose to fame for representing Team USA in the Tokyo summer Olympics, her boyfriend Jaylin Smith is also an athlete and plays for American football organisation USC Trojans.

Smith is currently in his freshman year, having enrolled at the University of Southern California in July 2021.

Some may recognise him for his feature on the Snoop Dogg docu-series, Coach Snoop, which followed the rapper and his Snoop Youth Football League.

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How long have Jaylin Smith and Suni Lee been together?

Suni Lee and Jaylin Smith went public with their relationship on social media during the Christmas holidays.

Smith was first to share a snap of the couple on 26 December on Instagram, including the picture at the end of a series of outfit shots. Lee followed up the post the next day as she posted a couple more snaps to her 1.6 million Instagram followers as they wore matching jumpers:

Taking to TikTok, Lee went on to share a sweet behind-the-scenes video of the live pictures:

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Olympian prefers to keep things low-key

While Suni Lee spoke out on her relationship with boyfriend Jaylin Smith this week, she has previously opened up on the pressures she has felt with sudden fame following her gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Talking to Pop Sugar, she explained: “I’m only 18, living in LA, and I have all of these expectations on me. On top of that, I put a lot of pressure on myself, so it’s kind of scary.”

In a more recent interview with the Star Tribune, Lee also admitted the added pressures have caused her to be cautious of saying the wrong things as well as facing backlash on social media.

Despite the young star’s worries, she has become a well-known name in the world of gymnastics and last month was named Sports Illustrated’s 2021 female athlete of the year:

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.