Nikki Bella Speaks Out About John Cena’s Surprise Wedding

We finally know how Nikki Bella feels about John Cena’s surprise wedding. Her former longtime beau married girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh in a secret ceremony in early October. Of the nuptials, Bella had nothing but positive things to say, sharing her happiness for Cena and sending her love to him on his new journey.

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John Cena and Nikki Bella at an event together in March 2018 in Austin, Texas | Gary Miller/FilmMagic

What Nikki Bella said about John Cena’s wedding exactly

Bella comments came when she appeared on Lisa Vanderpump’s All Things Vanderpump podcast along with her sister Brie. Reading questions from fans, Vanderpumped asked Bella whether she’d reached out to Cena following his wedding.

“I haven’t…but yeah. I didn’t,” she replied, according to Us Weekly. “Are there rules? Am I supposed to? Should I send flowers?”

Brie chimed in telling Bella she didn’t see anything wrong with not reaching out, as she didn’t when one of her exes got married. “We were done for so long that I didn’t congratulate him, but he didn’t congratulate me,” said Brie, who’s been married to wrestler Daniel Bryan since 2014.

But Vanderpump urged Bella to say something anyway so that she could “get out of this really elegantly.” Bella replied by congratulating Cena on his milestone, saying, “John, congratulations on your wedding. I’m very, very happy for you.”

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John Cena and Nikki Bella on the red carpet together in November 2017 | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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Nikki Bella also opened up about the reason she split from John Cena

As many fans know, Bella and Cena had a long relationship. They started dating in 2012 and even got engaged at a point. But they decided to call off their relationship in the summer of 2018.

Opening up about the breakup, Bella explained that she and the fellow WWE star ultimately “wanted different things” in life.

“I really wanted to be a mom and he didn’t want to be a father,” she said. “But then in the end, he was like, ‘Look, I will give you a kid,’ but I knew deep down in his heart it’s not what he wanted. And I was so afraid that years down the road, he would just have regrets and resent me for making him a father.”

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Nikki Bella and John Cena out together in 2018 | Gary Miller/FilmMagic

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Luckily for her, Nikki Bella went on to start her own family

After splitting from Cena, Bella went on to date dancer Artem Chigvintsev. The two announced their engagement in 2020 and went on to have a son later that year. After welcoming their baby, a source told HollywoodLife that Cena was “very happy for Nikki because she now has exactly what she had always wanted all along.”