Suspicious Contract John Cena Asked Nikki Bella To Sign Before Moving In Together: It Was A Sign That Something Wasn't Right
Exactly one year after their WrestleMania proposal, John Cena and Nikki Bella are going their separate ways. Their engagement was televised after a tag-team match win and was the climax of their relationships.
The couple had carried on their relationship on screen as well as off it. Many fans of the wrestling pair expected the engagement sooner, but it seems Cena was waiting for the right moment.
A wedding date had already been set for May 2018. But the couple made a surprise announcement in October of 2017 that they had postponed their nuptials. At the time, they said the reason for the move was a conflict in schedules.
It is unknown if there were other reasons for the shift. Perhaps, the couple was experiencing problems in their relationship that they were trying to resolve. But Bella gave no sign of that in her Twitter statement announcing the split.
While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.
John Cena asked Nikki Bella to sign a ridiculous ‘relationship contract’
Before moving in with Cena in 2013, Bella had to sign a 75-page document that spelled out the terms of their cohabitation. For starters, the contract declared that Bella was a ‘guest’ at Cena’s home, not a resident or housemate.
Although I do not wish to be formal, I do not want there to be any misunderstanding regarding your presence at the home as my guest. – John Cena’s ‘relationship contract’
Another major condition was that Bella would leave the house as soon as possible with all her belongings if the relationship ended.
On the E! reality show, Total Bellas, the WWE starlet shared her frustration about this condition with twin sister Brie Bella.
I just don’t understand it. I just don’t know what to feel. I’m so confused. It kind of makes me second-guess where John and I stand in our relationship. I love John but maybe he knows that he doesn’t want to be with me forever?
At the time, Bella seemed more interested in a long-term relationship with Cena. But the conditions in the contract made her second-guess Cena’s position on the matter.
Is that all I’m ever going to be in [John’s] heart, is a guest? Am I ever going to have that permanent spot in the rest of [his] life?
Bella eventually signed the contract and began living with Cena. The sad reality is that she seems to have missed out on all the warning signs. Clearly, Cena was not keen on establishing a long-term connection with her. And there was no saying if time would soften his position on Bella and her right to his property.
In retrospect, the outrageous contract may have been a major source of trouble for the couple. We can only imagine what other strict conditions Bella may have had to live by.
In an episode of the show that aired in 2016, Cena brought up the contract again. According to Fox Sports, Cena said:
Having been through that process, here is how I view it. It is like buying a handgun for home defense. It gives you a sense of security, and it gives you a failsafe in case something happens.
Proposing to Bella was a bad idea
An insider familiar with the couple recently told PEOPLE that Bella is “heartbroken" by the split with Cena. After his 2012 divorce from Elizabeth Huberdeau, Cena said he was not keen on getting married again and having kids. But that position seemed to change when he proposed to Bella. However, the relationship is now over, and the insider says it was almost expected.
She never gave him an ultimatum. He talked a really good game about having changed, about having his priorities straight, about knowing what’s important, and that it was her. But as the day got closer, it was like he just went back to who he’s always been — which is someone who puts himself first, always.
The source further added that Cena had complained about not having time for a family of his own. If this is the case, then clearly proposing to Bella was ill-timed. Still, fans of the couple are hopeful that the dust blows over soon.