Why ‘Total Bellas’ Star Nikki Bella Refuses to ‘Erase Memories’ of John Cena

Nikki Bella and John Cena‘s romance was one of the most high-profile romances in the wrestling world. For years, fans and tabloid journalists alike followed their love story, empathizing with their tough times and celebrating their victories, both in the ring and out.

Sadly, their relationship didn’t last, and Cena and Bella broke up in the summer of 2018. Even though both Bella and Cena have long since moved on, Bella recently reminisced about her romance with Cena. She also shared why she doesn’t want to “erase” the memories of all the good times that they shared over the years. 

Nikki Bella and John Cena were friends for a long time

Bella is one of the most celebrated female wrestlers in the world, a top model and body positivity advocate.

Cena is widely considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He also occupies his time as an actor, rapper, and presenter for various television programs.

Cena and Bella ran in the same circles and were friends for years before they started officially dating in 2012. As Bella later revealed, their first date was a romantic dinner out at a “nice steakhouse.”

Their romance progressed rapidly, and they moved in together sometime in 2013. Bella and Cena didn’t always see eye to eye, and their fights were often captured on the reality series Total Divas. Although they butted heads on many things, there was one particular topic that seemed to cause friction between Bella and Cena. 

Why did Nikki Bella and John Cena break up?

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In 2017, Bella and Cena got engaged. Their engagement came on the heels of one of their major fights, which centered around the topic of marriage and children.

Cena was open about the fact that he did not want to get married or have children, while Bella definitely wanted to become a mother at some point in her life. Cena wasn’t willing to budge, and it seems as though his reluctance to commit to a family life with Bella that led to their troubles.

By April 2018, the two had called off their engagement. They got back together once more before breaking up for good in July 2018. It seems as though their differing views of life and their future together finally caused them to reevaluate what they wanted out of the romance.

Some reports did also indicate that Cena was too focused on himself, and wasn’t ready to fully commit to another person. Regardless, Bella and Cena haven’t been seen together since their breakup, and it truly seems as though their friendship, as well as their romance, has fully fizzled.

Nikki Bella doesn’t want to ‘erase’ her memories with John Cena

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These days, Bella has moved on, with dancer Artem Chigvintsev, and the two are expecting a baby together. As for Cena, he began dating  Shay Shariatzadeh not long after his breakup with Bella.

The exes have both found happiness with other people, but as Bella recently revealed, she has no bitterness towards Cena — and she definitely isn’t going to burn all their photos together. 

In a recent podcast, Bella stated: “I won’t let my Nana take certain photos down that John’s in because those are memories, and he’s an amazing man. Just keep it on the wall, I don’t mind. Artem doesn’t mind. I’m not here to erase memories.”

It seems as though Bella and Cena have matured through their shared experiences and have no desire to harbor negativity or ill will.