Nikki Bella is getting married to fellow WWE superstar John Cena.
John Cena proposed to Nikki Bella in the ring at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday night. This will be Nikki Bella’s second marriage, and it will be John Cena’s second marriage as well. Very little has been made publicly available about Nikki Bella’s first husband. In fact, we don’t even know his name, and there exist no photos of the two of them together.
However, we do know a few things about Nikki Bella’s ex-husband. Here’s what you need to know.
1. They Were High School Sweethearts
Nikki Bella married her high school sweetheart.
Bella revealed this piece of the puzzle on an episode of Total Divas in 2014. This means they met at Chaparral High School, the school in Scottsdale, Arizona where Bella graduated in 2002.
Nikki Bella graduated from high school the same year that John Cena debuted on SmackDown.
2. They Were Married in Las Vegas When She Was 20 & They Divorced Three Years Later
On an episode of Total Divas, Nikki Bella said that she and her high school sweetheart were married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas when she was 20 years old.
Bella explained, “We were high school sweethearts, and we just decided one day, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to get married?’ Let’s go to Vegas!'”
She also explained that there was never a diamond ring in the picture and they never lived together. They divorced three years later, when Nikki was 23.
“After we got married, we didn’t really talk much longer, and then we realized, a few years later, when we started dating other people, ‘Oh, hey, we should get a divorce,'” Bella said on Total Divas.
Bella says that she knew she was making a mistake literally as she was walking down the aisle at the wedding.
“Even as I started to walk down the aisle, I knew, ‘This is a huge mistake, how can I get out of it,’ and I couldn’t,” she said.
She also said on Total Divas that the wedding was hardly a glamorous affair. She says that she was wearing Uggs and that she “wasn’t even like dressed to get married.”
3. She Kept The Marriage a Secret From Everyone, Including Her Family
Nikki Bella got married in secret and did not tell anyone, including her family.
In an episode of Total Divas, Nikki Bella reveals this information to her family for the first time, and they are shocked. Her mother, Kathy, is mostly upset that Nikki did not feel like she could confide in her about this situation.
“With our relationship, I can’t imagine that you didn’t think you could come to me,” her mother said.
Nikki said that she thinks part of the reason she didn’t tell anyone was because she was ashamed.
4. She Didn’t Tell John Cena About the Marriage Until Years Into Their Relationship
Nikki Bella apparently did not tell John Cena about her first marriage until quite a while into their relationship.
John Cena and Nikki Bella started dating in 2012, and it was in a 2014 episode of Total Bellas that Nikki finally revealed to John that she has been married before. This was an especially crucial bit of information considering how often Cena and Bella would talk about marriage and about Bella wanting to get married.
On Total Bellas, when John Cena finds out about the marriage, he’s surprisingly cool with it.
“I don’t care,” Cena says on the show. “What you did before you met me is what you did before you met me. I don’t need to know everything about you.”
A lot of elements of Total Divas are very clearly staged, though, and so it’s not totally clear whether John Cena legitimately found out about this marriage for the first time on the show.
5. John Cena Also Married His High School Sweetheart & That Relationship Also Lasted Three Years
Strangely enough, both Nikki Bella and John Cena spent three years married to their high school sweetheart.
John Cena was a bit older when this happened, though; it was in 2009 that he married Elizabeth Huberdeau. Almost exactly three years after the wedding, John Cena and Elizabeth Huberdeau got divorced.
At the time that this divorce was happening, TMZ reported that Elizabeth Huberdeau and her lawyer suspected that John Cena had cheated on her.
“We’re definitely following up on every lead relative to his being unfaithful before AND after the separation,” the lawyer told TMZ.
We never ended up hearing any more about this, though, and their marriage was ultimately ended amicably in July 2012. Read more about the relationship between John Cena and Elizabeth Huberdeau here: