Nikki Bella's 2018 split from longtime beau John Cena was very amicable… and that's the problem.
The "Total Bellas" alum told Entertainment Tonight that the split was "hard" because there was still love between them when their high-profile relationship ended.
"You almost wish it was bad, because it's so much easier to walk away," she said. "I think a lot of women get into this situation when it's like, 'I love this person, but I don't know if it's right for my life.' Sometimes we meet amazing people, but we're just meant to live a different life."
Nikki and John began dating in 2012 and got engaged at Wrestlemania in 2017. A year later, the duo split, briefly reconciled, and then broke up for good.
As much as the former WWE superstar wanted things to work out, her gut told her that John wasn't the one for her.
"No one thought I would, but it was hitting me so hard," she said of their breakup. "Even though it's painful and even traumatizing, I just knew it was right."
Since going their separate ways, John and Nikki have found love elsewhere. The "Peacemaker" actor married Shay Shariatzadeh in October 2020. They had a more formal ceremony last week in Canada. Nikki, meanwhile, got engaged to her "Dancing With the Stars" partner Artem Chigvintsev in November 2019. They share a 1-year-old son, Matteo.
Although Nikki and Artem have yet to the tie the knot, they still plan to make things official.
"We are just trying to figure out this whole family thing with Artem," she said of her soon-to-be Russian in-laws. "[We're] praying that we can get Artem's family, hopefully, to America soon. That is our goal."