'It was right': Nikki Bella reveals why she broke up with John Cena just days before their wedding

'It was right': Nikki Bella reveals why she broke up with John Cena just days before their wedding
John Cena and Nikki Bella were in a relationship together for almost six years before they broke up (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Nikki Bella and John Cena had quite an affair that both remember fondly for almost six years. While two very successful wrestlers made for a great couple, they had different goals and expectations in their relationship and broke up soon after they realized this. Their romance started to brew in 2012 and progressed as the latter knelt on his knees to pop the question to Nikki.

However, in 2018, the couple split, much to the dismay of their fans. Four years thereon, Nikki, in an exclusive with ET, opened up about how "traumatizing" it was for her to break up with John Cena, someone who was very loving, and end their six-year relationship.


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In May 2020, on the 'Better Together' podcast, Nikki revealed that they wanted very different futures in their relationship. "Overall, we did have such an incredible relationship; it was just two people that wanted two different lives,” she said.


Referring to John's reluctance to become a father and introduce a child in their relationship, Nikki decided to back off very close to the dates they were about to stand at the altar. Moreover, she added, “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.”

She revealed that she almost wished things took a dark turn so that their breakup would have been easier, and she could have walked out without it getting painful. "It's so much harder to walk away when it's loving," she commented. 

Agreeing that a lot of women may have to make decisions wherein they would need to prioritize their life's goals and conjectures over someone they love, she added it was imperative for her to listen to her inner voice. "Sometimes we meet amazing people, but we're just meant to live a different life. ... I just got this feeling so deep in my gut of, like, 'I need to walk away.' And no one thought I would, but it was hitting me so hard. Even though it's painful and even traumatizing, I just knew it was right."


Continuing to speak about her journey, she said she knew God was kind to her for having sent Russian-American dancer Artem Chigvintsev "waltzing" into her life. They are now parents to a two-year-old son Matteo. She mused how listening to her "gut and intuition" made her believe that better things would happen, even if the situation seemed bleak at that moment.


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Even though the couple has not tied the knot yet, they are planning to set the ball running on their nuptials soon. Getting Artem's family to the US seems like the priority for them as of now. As for John Cena, the WWE icon got married to 'Playing with Fire' co-star Shay Shariatzade in 2020.

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