The perfect pair! John Cena’s “softer side” comes out when he’s with girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh, a source exclusively tells Life & Style. The 43-year-old professional wrestler often “spoils her with romantic gifts,” including flowers, jewelry and sports cars. 

Shay isn’t after his money,” assures the insider. “She’s not that kind of girl and loves him for who he is.” The couple first sparked dating rumors in March 2019 and have been going strong ever since. 

“In John’s eyes, Shay is the whole package. She’s beautiful, intelligent, kind, independent and family-orientated and there’s rarely any drama between them,” the source adds. Unlike his six-year on-again, off-again relationship with Nikki Bella, his connection with Shay “is much easier.” 

Currently, the lovebirds are quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic, where they spend a lot of time focusing on their health and fitness. “John works out every day to keep in shape,” says the insider. “He’s also put together a couples workout itinerary and he and Shay have a blast exercising together — either outdoors or in his amazing home gym.”

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John Cena out and about, Los Angeles, USA – 14 Jan 2020

While John tries to keep his romance with Shay out of the public eye, it’s clear the Massachusetts native is beyond smitten. According to a previous source, the duo “seemed totally comfortable and happy” while walking the red carpet at the actor’s Dolittle movie premiere in January. 

“John and Shay arrived hand in hand,” the onlooker divulged, adding that he “whispered a few things in her ear” and gave her “a few gentle kisses on the lips.”

Since making their public debut, Nikki Bella has expressed only well-wishes for John and Shay. Although, the Total Bellas star, 36, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Artem Chigvintsev, did admit she had her reservations at first

“This is actually kinda hard to talk about for me,” Nikki confessed to her sister, Brie Bella, during an April 2019 episode of their podcast, referring to the original paparazzi photos of John and Shay, who, at the time, had yet to be identified. The Incomparable coauthor went on to explain that her stomach “went into knots” after being texted the pictures by several people.

“He’s one of the people, besides you, Brie, who’s made me an amazing person. But because of how sad and how much I hurt him, when I saw the big smile on his face, I felt happy for him,” Nikki continued. “I am very happy for him. As long as John is happy, I’m happy. But let me tell you, she breaks his heart? Wow. I will rack attack her in a heartbeat. I’m still protective of that man.”

Thankfully, John and Shay are more in love than ever. In February, the pair even sparked engagement rumors when the brunette beauty was spotted wearing a ring on that finger. Here’s hoping they go the distance!

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