Following his totally unexpected proposal at Wrestlemania, fans are suddenly interested in John Cena‘s ex-wife — and why the couple called it quits.
Before getting down on one knee and asking Nikki Bella (real name: Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace) to marry him in the middle of the wrestling ring, the WWE star was married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth Huberdeau. Unfortunately, their marriage did not last long and they called it quits just three years after tying the knot.
According to TMZ, John, 39, blamed the divorce on a home remodeling that was causing “unbearable strife” between him and his wife. However, Elizabeth, 37, who felt she was blindsided by the divorce, accused John of cheating on her with multiple women and challenged their prenup.
The couple was eventually able to work things out privately, but the terms of their settlement were confidential. Four months after their divorce was finalized in 2012, John began dating his now fiancée Nikki, 33, despite their differing views on marriage and children.
“Nothing’s worse than hearing the man you love, be like, ‘I will never get married again! I will never have kids.’ That stuff is tough, and that sucks,” the brunette beauty told her sister Brie Bella on her reality show Total Divas. “Do I leave the man I love, or do I stay with him and just sacrifice kids and marriage? To . . . walk away from this guy because of marriage and kids doesn’t seem right.”
However, she opened up to Life & Style exclusively in 2014 and revealed she was willing to wait for John to come around.
“John is in a place where he doesn’t see marriage. I respect his decision right now because I’m happy,” Nikki said. “I do want to get married and I want to have kids — and I want to have all that with John. I hope one day he wants those things!” And it looks like he finally did.
“I want to thank my always expressive ‘family’ the @WWEUniverse for allowing me to have a #Wrestlemania moment that I will NEVER forget,” he tweeted before adding that he had been planning the moment for over a year.
Nikki also shared her excitement on social media, writing, “I never thought I would use this emoji ? A dream come true! My Prince Charming has made me his Queen in a place we call home. I’ll never, ever forget this moment!” Congrats to the happy couple.