Olympic Gymnast Sunisa Lee Says She Has ‘Received So Much Hate’ from Her Own Hmong-American Community for Dating a Black Man

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Gymnast Sunisa Lee recently shared that she has received negative comments from her own Hmong-American community because of her interracial relationship with boyfriend Jaylin Smith.

The Olympic gold medalist, 18, opened up about her experience in response to a Dec. 30 TikTok video posted by another user, which showed support for the couple.

“I know that Sunisa will be judged by certain eyes in the Hmong Community because her man is Black,” user alixphom wrote in the caption of a video of him giving a photo of the pair a thumbs-up. “LOVE is LOVE, no matter what race or gender you are. Keep doing you QUEEN.”

The former Dancing with the Stars competitor wrote back in the comment section about the backlash she said she has received since becoming social-media official with Smith — a football player at the University of Southern California — over the holidays.

“This makes me so happy,” Lee wrote. “I’ve received so much hate😭 they support me when it’s beneficial for them never when it comes to my happiness. thank you!💗”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Stephanie Wenger