Nikki Bella Is Scared Her John Cena Breakup Will Never Be Fully Behind Her

Nikki Bella is one-half of the infamous Bella Twins, WWE superstars turned reality television queens. Bella has experienced her fair share of high-profile relationship problems, including her longtime on-off romance with fellow wrestler John Cena. Although the two have since broken up, and Bella has now found happiness with a new man, she recently opened up in an intimate interview, revealing that the pressures of a high-profile relationship and breakup are still causing issues for her. 

When did Nikki Bella start dating John Cena?

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Bella and Cena’s romance goes back for many years. The two were friends for years before things turned romantic in 2012. They started dating that year and moved in together in 2013.

From the beginning, their relationship was plagued with issues. Cena and Bella couldn’t get on the same page regarding their plans for the future, with Bella not willing to give up on her dream of someday having children. Cena was open with his girlfriend about the fact that he didn’t see himself as a parent.

Still, Bella and Cena got engaged in 2017 and committed to working on their romance. All seemed well until April 2018, when they called off their engagement. In May, they got back together, but it was short-lived.

In July of that year, they broke up for good, with both parties asking for privacy. Although both Bella and Cena seemed devastated by the end of their romance, it wouldn’t be long before Bella managed to pick up the pieces and move on. 

Nikki Bella is in a committed new relationship

Only a couple of months after breaking up with Cena, Bella was cast on the TV show Dancing With the Stars. She was paired with Artem Chigvintsev, a dancer who couldn’t be more different from Bella on the surface.

Sparks flew during their time on the reality competition show, and they began a romance in December 2018. For the first few months, the pair took it slowly and didn’t share too much of their time together on social media.

However, Bella’s happiness was contagious, and in January 2020, she revealed that she and Chigvintsev had gotten engaged. Bella has since dished on her new fiancé, admitting that the dancer’s natural “zen” and calm nature helps to balance her out.

Also in January, Bella announced that she is expecting a baby with Chigvintsev, and is due later this summer. It seems that Bella has truly found her happy ending.

Nikki Bella is struggling to leave her romance with John Cena behind her

Unfortunately, life in the spotlight hasn’t been so carefree for Bella. On a recent episode of her podcast, Bella revealed that her breakup with Cena has been difficult to get over, even though she has a whole new life now.

“I’m always, constantly going to Brie, like, ‘Am I ever gonna get away from this?'” the former wrestler revealed. “Artem will deal with stuff, and I even know that my ex-fiancé will deal with stuff, and it’s hard. I feel like I’m gonna have this triangle for the rest of my life.”

Still, Bella admitted that she tries not to let things get to her too badly.

“I won’t let my Nana take certain photos down that John’s in because those are memories and he’s an amazing man,” she said. “Artem doesn’t mind. I’m not here to erase memories.”

Fortunately, Bella has only good things to look forward to, with a new baby and a wedding in her future.