Here’s the Current Status of John Cena and Nikki Bella’s Relationship

John Cena and Nikki Bella arrive for the premiere of "Blockers" in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 2018.

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John Cena and Nikki Bella have had quite a year. They were planning to get married in May but ended up calling off the wedding a few weeks ahead of time, with this actually being the second time they broke up in 2018. But recently, there’s been a lot of speculation about whether they’re back together, so what do we know about that? What’s the current status of the relationship?

According to Nikki Bella herself, she and Cena haven’t officially gotten back together, and they’re just friends. However, they continue to talk all the time, and they’re working on the relationship. She explained as much in a recent YouTube video, saying:

“Right now, we’re just friends. We are both working on each other, and trying to work on us. We talk every day. He is not only my best friend but he truly is one of the most amazing people I have ever met….I do have hope for us, and John right now is in China filming a movie. So I hate to say it’s perfect timing, but it’s giving us this time in life to see what we really want for the future.”

Bella went on to say that marriage is forever, and she doesn’t want to walk down the aisle with any doubts in her mind. She added, “Hopefully, one day, we will get back together, and if we don’t, we just both want each other to be very, very happy.”

If you watch the reality series Total Bellas, you might find this to be fairly confusing. After all, in recent episodes, Cena and Bella have gotten back together and started to plan their wedding. But what the show isn’t making completely clear is that it’s actually taking place several months in the past. Cena and Bella originally broke up in January, and they got back together a few weeks later, as depicted on the show. But then in April, they broke up again; this second breakup hasn’t happened on the show yet, creating some confusion among Bella’s fans.

John Cena and Nikki Bella

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However, Bella confirmed this timeline in a recent interview, saying that they called off the wedding once in January and once in April; the second time was just three weeks before the wedding, and this apparently really messed with E!’s Total Bellas plans. The season finale was supposed to be a one-hour wedding special. Now, it sounds like the finale will instead depict Cena and Bella calling off their wedding the second time.

So why, exactly, did they call it off? Bella says that “as we got closer to the wedding I realized there were so many more issues that we needed to figure out.” One of those issues might be the fact that although Cena agreed to have kids with Bella after their first breakup, it seemed pretty clear that he was only changing his mind about being a father in order to keep Bella in his life, not because he actually wanted to have children.

This new update from Bella suggests that previous reports that the two had gotten back together were not accurate. PEOPLE reported as much in early June, although Brie Bella quickly refuted this, saying that they’re still not back together but are “working on it.”

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