Simone Giles crush drew national attention as even NBC’s Nightly News could not avoid the subject, airing footage of her personal life-size Efron cutout safely kept behind her childhood bed.
“Sometimes I used to kiss him on the cheek,” Simone told NBC’s Stephanie Gosk.
Soon, the two were exchanging tweets, but from thousands of miles away.
Finally, after weeks of mounting public anticipation, NBC secretly arranged for the two to meet face to face for the first time Tuesday night.
“I totally have butterflies right now,” Efron admitted to Hoda Kotb backstage while watching Biles perform her gold-winning routine in the floor exercises.