Showing support. Nikki Bella opened up about her hopes for ex-fiancé John Cena after their split.
We spoke with the 35-year-old WWE alum about whether it was hard to see Cena, 42, move on after their broken engagement last year. But Bella admitted that she “loved” seeing him so content with girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh.
“I’m not just even saying that. I’ve been so happy for him because I think because of the decisions that I’ve made, you know, walking away and just needing to find myself because I felt like I lost it,” Bella said at the 3rd Annual Best Buddies’ Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 11. “I literally would pray every day of, like, all I want him is to be happy and to find happiness — and it’s true. Like, he’s still so close to my family and all I ever want is for his happiness and he seems so happy now and that makes me really happy.”
Bella’s support for Cena showed a change of heart for the pro wrestler. In March, a teaser clip for Total Bellas showed her telling twin sister Brie that “the next time I see him with someone it’s gonna kill me.”
Nikki confirmed in March that she’s dating Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev, who she met when they partnered up during season 25 of Dancing With the Stars in 2017. After previously refusing to refer to him as her boyfriend, she explained on Saturday how they’re “definitely” progressing as a duo.