The Way John Cena Ended His First Marriage Should Have Been a Red Flag for Nikki Bella
WWE stars Nikki Bella and John Cena were all set to head down the aisle after six years together, but shocked fans by calling off the wedding. People notes their thoughts on children and marriage differed too much, and that’s why they called it quits.
This isn’t the first time Cena’s walked away from a serious relationship, though. And we’re wondering how Bella didn’t see all the red flags. Let’s take a quick look at his first marriage, and what exactly went down with Bella, including the one huge red flag she saw (page 10).
1. Cena met his first wife when they were in high school
Both Cena and Bella married — and subsequently divorced — in the past. Cena wed his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Huberdeau, Life & Style reports. Their marriage only lasted three years, however — and Cena had some choice words about future relationships once this one ended.
Cena also said there was a ton of tension between him and Huberdeau while they remodeled their home. Their issues as a couple eventually led to a very public divorce, where Huberdeau even challenged their prenup.
Next: Huberdeau accused her husband of the unthinkable.
2. Huberdeau thought Cena cheated on her
Aside from the home remodeling, there was another aspect of Huberdeau and Cena’s marriage that needed to be addressed. According to TMZ, Huberdeau’s attorney said they received tips claiming Cena was unfaithful during his marriage. If the rumors were proven true, this could have allowed Huberdeau to challenge the prenup.
As her attorney said, “We’re definitely following up on every lead relative to his being unfaithful before AND after the separation.” Some even thought Cena cheated on her with Bella — but no proof was ever found.
Next: Huberdeau said she was not anticipating the divorce papers at all.
3. And she was ‘blindsided’ by the end of their marriage
According to Huberdeau, Cena served up divorce papers before they agreed to a separation. Heavy explains Huberdeau was totally “blindsided” by the “unexpected” choice of Cena’s to end their three-year marriage.
The two ended up splitting amicably in the end, and all matters were settled before things got too messy. But it seems Cena may not be too successful at conveying his emotions and intentions in his relationships.
Next: On TV, Cena said his first marriage failed for this bizarre reason.
4. Cena blamed his failed marriage on 1 of his wrestling match losses
Like any good WWE wrestler would do, Heavy reports Cena managed to work his failing relationship into his wrestling storyline. Back in 2012, Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were feuding after Cena lost the match to The Rock at WrestleMania. He said this loss really hit him hard — and it even affected his relationship with then-wife Huberdeau.
“That match sent my life into a tailspin, both professionally and personally,” Cena said at the time. We know there were other factors at play, but even so, it was a good way to sell it to the public.
Next: We can’t believe Cena actually said this about marriage.
5. Cena says his WWE marriage ‘was the only one that was going to survive’
After all was said and done with Huberdeau, Cena had no trouble being candid with journalists. Men’s Health reports he said he made WWE his life completely, which led little time for anything else. Then, more shockingly, he said, “I tried marriage once and I realized WWE marriage was the only one that was going to survive.”
He later told the story of when he knew he wanted to be with Bella for the rest of his life. But we can’t forget that first, Cena admitted marriage just wasn’t for him.
Next: Here’s what Bella thinks of Cena’s opinions on marriage.
6. Bella was never pleased with how Cena approached marriage
It turns out Bella and Cena were having serious issues with their relationship for a while now. Life & Style reports Bella told her sister that she was having doubts regarding her relationship on their reality show Total Divas.
“Nothing’s worse than hearing the man you love be like, ‘I will never get married again! I will never have kids,'” Bella said. She then added that walking away just because they had differing opinions on marriage and kids didn’t feel right, either. “Do I leave the man I love, or do I stay with him and just sacrifice kids and marriage?” she added.
Next: Here’s the real reason they decided to split.
7. Their differing opinions on children became problematic
People reports on Total Divas, Bella was quite vocal with Cena about her desires for motherhood. “I do want to be a mom. I feel like I’d be missing out,” she said back in 2013. In response, Cena said he’d be unable to give her that since he didn’t want kids.
“I feel like there’s a time bomb over my head,” Cena said regarding the discussion. Little did he know how right he was. And post-breakup, Bella threw this photo of her holding a child on Instagram, proving she could be the perfect mother.
Next: Many think they’ll get back together.
8. Will the 2 ever work things out?
It looks like we can’t give up hope on Bella and Cena working things out just yet. A source close to the couple told People that “John has constantly been in touch with Nikki” and that they “will almost definitely get back together.”
The source continued by saying, “John is the love of her life, and she’s definitely the love of his life, and that doesn’t just go vanish overnight. At the end of the day, they still want to be together.”
Next: Some key details about the break-up have been revealed.
9. Bella is reportedly the one who ended the relationship
According to a new report from Us Weekly, it was Bella herself who ended things. An insider explained that Bella was “in a place where she’s just exhausted by some of the things going on in the relationship.”
Most interestingly, the insider also said, “The things he’s been saying on television and in the press recently hurt Nikki.” The source didn’t specify any comments, but this is probably referring to Cena’s interview where he suggested he only agreed to get married and have kids so as not to lose Bella.
And in general, Cena talked all throughout the Blockers tour about how hard relationships are and about how it’s OK that he and Bella often go long stretches without seeing each other. Plus, although it’s less recent, there was also the fact that when asked on Today in February whether the wedding was still going to happen, Cena said, “We haven’t yet jumped ship.”
Next: Another report providing more details of why Bella called things off
10. Bella felt Cena was ‘gritting his teeth’ on the way to the wedding, and she didn’t want a ‘pity husband’
A report from People also claims that Bella was the one to call things off and that she did it because she felt that Cena was clearly not into the idea of marriage.
“He was making it abundantly clear that he was going into this gritting his teeth the whole way,” a source told People. “Nikki is an amazing, talented, strong, one-of-a-kind woman. Anyone would be lucky to have her in their life — yet John acted more and more like he was doing her a favor by somehow conceding to go ahead and marry her.”
The source added that “[Nikki] doesn’t need a pity proposal, a pity wedding, a pity husband.” In addition, People’s source also suggested that Bella was upset about the comments Cena had been making during the Blockers tour.
“All the subtle and not so subtle ways he kept referencing what hard work it was to be in a relationship, all the ways he never wanted to change, how they didn’t need to see each other than often, etc.—it was just so hurtful,” the source said.
Next: Cena posted this revealing picture that hinted at trouble.
11. Cena posted a picture of a broken heart on Instagram
Cena actually seems to have begun commenting on his breakup before it was officially announced. On April 14, he posted a picture of a broken heart on Instagram. At the time, nobody knew what that was about, but fans soon found out.
Cena also posted a Walt Whitman quote that clearly applies to his breakup. The quote reads, “We were together. I forget the rest.”
Next, Cena posted a picture of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons with the quote “Worst Day Ever!” Finally, he posted a quote that reads, “It’s not what you go through that defines you; you can’t help that. It’s what you do after you’ve gone through it that really tests who you are.
Next: Bella had her own response to the breakup.
12. Bella posted a quote about letting go of the familiar
Bella herself has put up a few interesting social media posts that definitely seem to be about Cena. Her first Instagram post after the breakup was a picture at the beach with the caption, “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.”
Additional reporting by Brendan Morrow.
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