FAMILY & PARENTING

Shawn Johnson East Opens Up About Sharing Her Life So Often Online: ‘I Would Never Go Back Now’

by Angela Andaloro

Olympian Shawn Johnson East is used to being in the spotlight. Now it’s on her own terms.

The 28-year-old former athlete grew up embracing her love of gymnastics.

When she bid farewell to her professional career, many didn’t know what she had in store next. In fact, even Shawn was unsure.

Life has a funny way of working itself out. Just four years after her retirement, Shawn married former NFL long snapper Andrew East. The couple shared a lot of their relationship on Shawn’s YouTube channel. It was at one point just a hobby for the couple. Later, they saw how Shawn connected with audiences and decided to keep at it.

In October 2017, the couple made a brave and vulnerable move. They shared the story of Shawn’s miscarriage on YouTube. Shawn had found out she was pregnant and told Andrew, only to miscarry hours later. Not only did her experience resonate with many, but sharing it also helped her heal.

“It was the first time I ever saw social media as not a one-sided platform,” Shawn told Entertainment Tonight.

“The only way I healed through the miscarriage was actually talking to women around the world who had gone through the same thing.”

Thankfully, the couple was able to share a joyful journey also. Shawn and Andrew announced they were expecting in April 2019. Daughter Drew Hazel East was born on October 29, 2019. Shawn and Andrew immediately took to parenting.

“It’s the best,” she gushed.

“Being a parent, personally, makes me feel like I’ve fulfilled a purpose that I never knew I had. She’s the greatest little thing ever.”

“Babies are hilarious,” Andrew added.

“I would never go back now. This is the best.”

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