Nikki Bella is “very happy” her ex-fiancé John Cena is dating again, despite her initial reaction.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Bellas Podcast, the former WWE wrestler revealed that her “stomach went into knots” when friends began texting her articles about Cena and his new “mystery woman.”
“I opened it up and when I saw the photo, it was weird,” Bella, 35, said, before sharing that her emotions quickly took a turn. “Sometimes when you get a text, or you see a photo, or you see your significant other flirt with someone, you know how you get those knots in your stomach and it hurts? You either want to poop your pants immediately … or you just have the craziest tummy ache? Neither of that happened to me.”
“When I saw the big smile on his face with the paparazzi photos, I think that’s why I didn’t want to s–t my pants,” she continued. “I felt happy for him. I am very happy for him. As long as John is happy, I’m happy.”
Even though Bella took the high road when learning of Cena’s new woman, the former wrestler said she will “rack-attack her in a heartbeat” if she breaks Cena’s heart. “Still protective of that man,” Bella added.
On April 1, E! News identified Cena’s rumored new girlfriend as Shay Shariatzadeh, a product manager from Vancouver, Canada.
Bella said she and Cena, 41, have been broken up for a year, so the pictures weren’t a total shock because the exes have been honest about dating other people.
“I was actually just really curious to see who he was going on dinner dates with,” Bella said, before teasing, “Which, you know, they’ll never be like ours. Just kidding. Sorry, that’s the girl in me! Let me get back to being a woman.”
The “Total Bellas” star also admitted that she felt like she “embarrassed” and “disappointed” Cena during her breakup because she got to control a lot of the narrative about the split on her show.
“You saw a very small amount on our reality show about our breakup, and, of course, it was pro-me, because it was coming through my eyes, and I don’t think I ever got to say this publicly, but it made me sad for John,” she said. “John is an amazing man, and you know what? Our timing wasn’t right.”
“I have to follow my heart, I have to follow my feelings,” Bella continued. “If I’m not happy in a situation, I have to get out of it. Him the same … There’s no comparisons here. Let’s just let people be happy.”
In March, Bella confirmed she is dating her former “Dancing With the Stars” partner Artem Chigvintsev.