Nikki Bella is not quite ready to date following her split from John Cena earlier this year.
ET’s Lauren Zima caught up with Nikki and her twin sister, Brie Bella, at the iHeart Radio Music Festival over the weekend, and she dished all about her relationship status and whether her and John have kept in contact since their split.
“I made a joke about dating, Netflix and black licorice and how it gets boring and it turned into this whole thing where I got quoted saying dating life is boring,” Nikki, 34, said of recent rumors surrounding her dating life. “I was like, ‘No I said Netflix and black licorice and [was boring]’… it’s not what people expect, but I’ve got to admit I am single but I’m not ready for mingling yet.”
“You’ve gotta find yourself first,” Brie emphasized. “You do,” Nikki concurred.
The Total Bellas star noted that she and John, 41, have not spoken recently. “He’s doing him and I’m doing me,” she shared, adding that she’s taking this time to work on herself.
“I slowly feel like I’m doing that,” Nikki said. “I think it’s happiness, and just fully being happy and that’s what I want.”
Though Nikki called the attempts to find herself “scary,” she’s enjoying getting out of her comfort zone.
“I just feel like I’m at that age where I’m discovering who I really am and what I want out of life and just, like, independence,” she said. “Is it scary and you do have these moments of like, ‘What am I doing?’ — and fear. I just kind of am liking the challenge.”
When ET spoke to Nikki earlier this month, she opened up even more about what she’s focusing on since her split.
“I’m really enjoying being an entrepreneur [and] I’m very excited for my comeback at WWE,” Nikki said of her return to wrestling, which is currently being shown on season eight of Total Divas. “I just have this goal in my head of what I want to conquer as an independent woman and I’m going to get there.”
She continued, “You’re better in a relationship when you fully have that self-love and love yourself and know who you are because then you’re just so confident in that relationship.”
Nikki and John got engaged in April 2017, before calling it quits a year later. The pair eventually reconciled and started planning their wedding again, but, as was documented in last season’s Total Bellas, that engagement also ended.
“It’s been, as we all know, a hard few months,” Bella said earlier this month. “[But] the fans have been so supportive and the fact that we got picked up for a new season and people want to continue to watch Brie and I’s journey, it just means so much to us.”
As for the upcoming season of Total Bellas, which is currently filming, Nikki promises lots of happy moments.
“A lot of ups this season, which is great,” Nikki said over the weekend. “I think Brie and I both are just on this very empowering season… I’m back where my home is and my family and those roots.”
Meanwhile, Total Divas airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!
Ruby Riott had been scheduled to battle Brie Bella on Raw tonight, but Ruby Riott & Co. are never content to have just one enemy at a time: The match was reconfigured into a Six-Woman Tag that roped in Nikki Bella (who’ll team with Brie and Ronda Rousey against the Squad at WWE Super Show-Down) and Natalya (who got bushwhacked by Ruby & Co. when she attempted to answer Rousey’s Open Challenge last week), and The Riott Squad survived the trio of veterans to walk away with a big-time win.
And “survive” is a very appropriate term: Brie came out swinging so hard that Liv Morgan had to exit the match after being incapacitated by a “Yes!” Kick to the face, handing the Squad a 3-on-2 disadvantage. Ruby and Sarah Logan hung tough, however, and they took advantage of Natalya’s overzealousness to secure the victory: The Queen of Harts locked Logan in the Sharpshooter, but she didn’t notice a tag to Ruby seconds earlier, which left her vulnerable to a quick-strike Riott Kick that put the match away.
There are a few things that Nikki Bella won’t leave home without, and it’s not her signature tank top with “Fearless” emblazoned across the chest.
The professional wrestler and star of “Total Divas” — Season 8 premieres on Sept. 19 — recently gave Yahoo Lifestyle a sneak peek inside her stunning Louis Vuitton Capucines sequin purse. Along with her smartphone and headphones, she keeps a pair of stylish Fendi sunglasses and a compact Louis Vuitton wallet in her bag. “I love this wallet since I switch purses out like no other, so I like to have a really small wallet,” she says.
The 34-year-old, who split from her fiancé, professional wrestler and actor John Cena, earlier this year, is also practical about what she puts in her purse. Bella stores a roll-on perfume in her bag not only to smell good but also avoid that dreaded perfume spillage. She also keeps a protein bar on hand. “Because I’m always on the go and I get hungry,” she says.
But the bulk of her bag reflects her passion for makeup. Along with black eyeliner and concealer, she keeps a makeup sponge stashed in her purse for quick touchups. “Not only do my sister and I cry-laugh a lot, but I also get oily,” shares Bella, who also stars in Total Bellas with twin sister Brie Bella.
The WWE superstar is also a big fan of lipstick and lip gloss. Although Chanel is a go-to lip gloss brand of hers, Bella also loves a good drugstore lip balm. “Chapstick is always a must,” she says. “And I like lipstick and a lip gloss ‘cause, you know, variety is the spice of life.”
Check out the stunning Bella Twins’ entrances on the upcoming WWE 2K19.
Paige returns to the Total Divas cast at the best possible time for the Women’s division and the worst possible time for Paige: Between the Women’s Evolution, a trio of matches at WrestleMania and the signing of Ronda Rousey, the ladies have never been a bigger or more important part of WWE. Unfortunately, the former Divas Champion is nursing a neck injury that is about to force her into retirement, and nobody knows that but her. So, the Season 8 (!) premiere becomes a cautionary tale of sorts about overcompensation, where the ladies — Paige in particular — attempt to solve a problem in such a bull-in-a-china-shop way that two more pop up in its place.
The Riott Squad attacked Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey
With Alexa Bliss out of the way, Ronda Rousey is firmly entrenched as Raw Women’s Champion, and the division is wide open for challengers. Despite the lingering damage to her ribs, The Baddest Woman on the Planet decided on Raw she would institute an Open Challenge policy, but what was looking to be a friendly challenge from her training partner Natalya instead became The Riott Squad’s biggest power play yet.
Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan — who’ll face Ronda and The Bella Twins at WWE Super Show-Down — answered The Queen of Harts’ music, dragging the former SmackDown Women’s Champion out to the ramp after an apparent backstage attack. Ruby declared she would be accepting the challenge instead, though Ronda rocked her with a right hand to instigate a three-on-one mugging from The Riott Squad. The Bellas quickly arrived to even the odds, helping the still-wounded Ronda dispatch of Ruby and her cohorts and giving them the early advantage as Super Show-Down approaches.