The Real Reason Why John Cena and Nikki Bella Broke Up

Published 05/16/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Romance is one of the most legendary angles in WWE, having delivered many iconic storylines in the past. However, all romantic angles aren’t scripted, and very often, they mirror real life. One such situation was the story of John Cena and Nikki Bella.

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The duo started dating in 2012, and they engaged in 2017. Unfortunately, Cena and Bella called off their engagement in April 2018, shocking the WWE Universe. Nikki Bella took to social media to announce the unfortunate news to their fans.

While there could be various reasons for their break-up, Nikki Bella particularly pinned down on one topic. She knew John Cena didn’t want to have children following their marriage, and she did.

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However, she initially accepted his decision to not have children. In fact, Cena did change his mind later and was ready to have children for her happiness. Nevertheless, Bella knew she didn’t want to force Cena into doing anything he didn’t want to.

“Overall, we did have such an incredible relationship. It was just two people that wanted two different lives but were trying so hard to make it one.

“Even in the end when he was willing to give me kids, I could just tell, it’s not what he wanted. And that’s really, like, you know, what pushed me in the end, I was like, ‘Am I’m going to force someone to be a father?’

“I remember thinking, ‘It’s not what I want. I don’t want to force someone to change if that’s not what they want to do.”

Even though it was a devastating moment for them and their fans, the duo has moved past this experience and has settled down in life.

John Cena and Nikki Bella have moved on

Currently, Nikki Bella is with acclaimed dancer Artem Chigvintsev, with the duo getting engaged in 2019. The couple welcomed their first child, Matteo Artemovich Chigvintsev, on July 31st, 2020.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the 2017 FOX Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

 

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On the other hand, John Cena tied the knot with Shay Shariatzade in October 2020. They started dating in 2019.

Neither of the Superstars is working actively with WWE at the moment. John Cena wants to return to the ring sometime in the future but for now, he’s focusing on his Hollywood career.

Nikki Bella underwent neck surgery in 2016 and hasn’t been cleared by the doctors to be inside the ring. Fans are hopeful that she will return to the ring with Brie Bella around 2022.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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