John Cena, a WWE champion and actor, has been in an on-and-off relationship with WWE Diva Nikki Bella for six years now. Their relationship took an interesting turn this morning when Cena revealed he was open to reversing his vasectomy, contradicting all former comments he’d made about having children.
We uncovered the details behind their tumultuous relationship along with the newest news in the Cena-Bella world — and what it could mean for their recently-canceled wedding.
A commitment was always a tough point for the couple
The two both were contracted with the WWE and knew each other for years before embarking on their first real date in 2012. Bella described it as her “best first date” in an interview with WWE. Shortly after the couple moved into a San Diego home together.
Cena revealed in 2016 — three years later — how he turned their romantic step into a contract. “It is like buying a handgun for home defense. It gives you a sense of security and it gives you a fail-safe in case something happens,” Cena told Total Bellas of the 75-page agreement he made Bella sign.
Cena then told the Today Show the moment he felt guilty: when Bella signed the document “totally without question.”
“… it also made me realize, like, this is one young woman I should not let get out of my life because she says, ‘I’m with you because I love you, here’s proof I would still like to be here.'”
Not only did Bella have to jump through ropes to move in with Cena, she had to come to terms that she wouldn’t fulfill one of her lifelong dreams: having children. The couple openly discussed on E! how Bella wanted to marry and become a mother, while Cena was adamant about keeping their family just the two of them. Bella told Us Weekly in 2017 that she went through “a lot of therapy” to accept she might not be a mom.
They were prepared to take the next step…
… And it’s unclear if they still will. Cena proposed to Bella at Wrestlemania 33 after the duo won. “I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” he said. “Stephania Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?” The two were officially engaged after five years of dating.
E!, the network that carries Total Divas and Total Bellas, was planning a segment around their May 5, 2018 wedding. Bella selected a Marchesa wedding gown and chose a black-tie dress code for the big day while planning her perfect nuptials.
Almost exactly a year later, Cena and Bella revealed the wedding was off, much to their fans’ dismay. “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” they told Us Weekly.
About a month after they split, Cena confessed his love for Bella during a Today show press appearance for his new film Blockers. “I still love Nicole, I would love to marry Nicole, I still would love to have a family with Nicole. It was an unfortunate set of circumstances where our relationship ended,” he told the hosts. The confession stunned the public — and Bella — since one of the causes of their split was Cena’s adamance about not having kids.
Bella told Extra that same day that she was “speechless” watching Cena’s interview.
Their current status: probably children and maybe a wedding
Shortly after Cena’s public declaration of love, the couple revealed they reunited. Bella called off the wedding to “make a decision with what she wanted in life,” an insider told the media. Cena’s confession seemed to clarify the two would be on the same page moving forward with marriage and children.
While they aren’t officially re-engaged, Cena declared he’d be open to reversing the vasectomy that prevents him from fathering kids. Bella showed her true feelings about the situation on an episode of Total Bellas. “It’d be crazy,” she said to her sister. “I just can’t believe I get to be a mom — and with the man of my dreams. I don’t have to go find some guy to have a baby with.”
“Calling off the wedding was the right decision at the moment and their relationship only grew from it. It didn’t mean that any love was lost, or that they lost any feelings for one another, but they both have realized that they love each other and want to be with one another,” the insider told Us Weekly.
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