An all-rounder Olympian artistic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez is being known for her fearlessness and talent. Recently retired to heal from the abuse she went through from her coach and a knee injury that halted her from going to Tokyo for the 2021 Olympics, Hernandez is now focusing on getting stronger to make a comeback. Amidst all of this, fans are curious about who is the one constantly appearing in the gymnast's post and whether they are her girlfriend.
Born on June 9, 2020, in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, to Wanda and Anthony Hernandez, Laurie has appeared on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars in 2016, where she won the competition along with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Along with it she also hosted the first season of American Ninja Warrior Junior as the on-course reporter and starred as Valeria in the Nickelodeon animated miniseries Middle School Moguls. Almost all about Laurie Hernandez is known to the public except about her love interest, her girlfriend. So, here's everything we know about Laurie Hernandez Girlfriend.
Laurie Hernandez Girlfriend is Fellow Athlete Charlotte Drury
Laurie Hernandez is dating her girlfriend Charlotte Drury for about a year. They made their relationship public in February 2021.
Image Source: Lauri Hernandez Instagram
It's been confirmed that Laurie Hernandez is currently dating Charlotte Drury. Though the speculations of the two being together were around for a while, nothing was confirmed until they decided to make their relationship public through their Instagram.
The exact date of when the pair began dating is not clear, but Laurie started posting and tagging her girlfriend in her posts from 2021. The very first time Laurie tagged her girlfriend was in February of 2021, in a picture of herself on the beach. While no pictures of the couple were shared, they took each other's pictures and posted them tagging one another. The pair often went on dates and yet didn't share any pictures of them together.
Laurie finally made her relationship public on July 12. She posted a picture of herself with her girlfriend Charlotte, with the caption, "we went outside! we had a great time!!". Though no more details were provided, many believed that the two were dating and this was their way of making their relationship official. The two seem to enjoy each other's company a lot and love to go places together. Appreciating her girlfriend's photography skills, Hernandez kept a picture of the starry night sky with a quirky caption that says, "I know of no one else but @charlottedrury & NASA who can catch photos of the Milky Way like this. (yes, this was what we saw with our eyes. bless her fancy camera & no light pollution)".
While some believed that the two were just friends and fellow athletes having fun, many were sure that the two were a couple since Laurie has always been open about her sexuality and her girlfriend Charlotte too, and they were absolutely correct about the assumptions. Following the months after July, the pair went on a road trip together and posted pictures of them together. This just made everyone sure that the two were dating and they are now the athlete power couples. Charlotte too had begun commenting on Laurie's posts publicly by then.
The couple's very recent picture took the cake! A picture of the two together with the caption, "cheesin! happy year!!!!!!!!!!" was the cherry on the top. Sort of seeming like a wrap of their 2021 together, many were head over heels to see Laurie Hernandez and her girlfriend Charlotte Drury together. A comment under their picture, "LOVE LOVE LOVE these glorious humans and this beautiful love!!!!! Two Goddamn cheetahs, right here." by the author of Untamed Glennon Doyle, was replied by hearts by both of the girls.
Who is Lauren Hernandez's girlfriend Charlotte Drury?
Just like Lauren, her girlfriend Charlotte is also an athlete. Drury is a trampoline gymnast and is the first American woman to win a gold medal in trampoline at a World Cup in the 2014 Minsk World Cup. Born on June 4, 1996, the 25-year-old gymnast is from Laguna Beach, California. Following her successful career, Charlotte has gathered the attention of many in the realm of sports, and being the girlfriend of Lauren Hernandez just added more to it.
Charlotte Drury finished second in US Nationals in 2021 and was chosen as an alternate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; unfortunately, the 25-year-old gymnast was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes three months before the trial. She decided to do something productive with her time off and launched a YouTube channel.
What happened to Laurie Hernandez? Emotional Abuse Allegations and Retirement
Spiraling down the path of binge eating and purging back in 2016 when she was counting calories and "really obsessive" about her food. "With gymnastics being a sport where everything must be perfect — your hair, routines, body, face, all of it — it was just a lot," she said in an interview with Insider.
She fearlessly spoke out about how she was mentally and emotionally abused by her former coach Maggie Haney who was suspended for eight years in 2020. Sharing an Instagram post on her experiences, Laurie opened up to the world about the abuse she had been facing for eleven years, how she was shamed all the time for her body, screamed at and always proven wrong.
Following the tragic experience, Laurie Hernandez said she worked to undo this mentality and is now more relaxed. She eats intuitively, focusing on healthy foods and prepping meals as much as she can. She quotes, "If I want more carbs, then my body is clearly asking for more carbs. If I want more protein, my body is asking for more protein,". Along with working on her physical body, the star gymnast is also doing some inward works and has been actively preaching about the importance of mental health.