John Cena is a triple threat: he's a wrestler, actor, and host, but he might soon become a quadruple threat as boyfriend of the year. After his very public 2018 breakup with Total Bellas star Nikki Bella, and an even more public plea for her to take him back, John is stepping out with the new lady in his life: Shay Shariatzadeh.
After his first public appearance with Shay, fans couldn't help but compare her to Nikki Bella, as the two bear a resemblance to one another.
The actor spoke about his new relationship, and keeping it separate from his past ones while doing press for his movie Playing with Fire. Who is John Cena dating? We've got the details on everything John has said publicly about her, and who she is.
Who is John Cena dating?
After John pleaded for Nikki to take him back on Today last year, even going as far as to say he'd have kids with her (he's been outspoken for years about not wanting to have children), it seemed like John would never find happiness with someone else while Nikki was still out there. But, in March, John was spotted out with a mystery woman, and it was soon confirmed that he was dating Shay.
The brunette beauty may look similar to Nikki, but the similarities end there. Shay is a Canadian engineer who has not been involved in a public life until she started dating John.
John once again appeared on the fourth hour of Today to promote his movie with host Hoda Kotb and guest host Andy Cohen. When Andy asked John about how his relationship with Shay differed from the one he shared with Shay, John said that there was no way to compare the two.
"Every experience in life is a chance for us to know who we are and who we're not, and just because I went down one avenue in life doesn't mean I'm going to repeat going down that avenue. I think if there is a learning experience for me and a takeaway for me, it's okay to be who you are and it's okay to establish boundaries," he said.
"You always ask me about personal stuff and I always say, 'Thank you Andy for asking, but I'll keep those details to myself' so just because a precedent was set, doesn't mean you need to follow that precedent as long as you take ownership of who you are and I think that's an important message for anybody watching out there," he finished.
Andy then pointed out the obvious that Shay and Nikki looked alike, to which John responded, "Andy, thank you so much for asking that question, but I'll keep that as your question and keep those details to myself."
It appears as if John is keeping this relationship more under wraps, and we can't say we blame him.
Would John Cena do a reality show with Shay Shariatzadeh?
We got to see John and Nikki's relationship firsthand on Total Divas and Total Bellas, from their early stages to their engagement, and then after their breakup. But, don't expect that John will be returning to reality TV anytime soon (though we can't really blame him, considering he has a full-fledged movie career these days).
Andy asked another question we've all been thinking: will we ever get a John and Shay reality show?
"I'm very flattered about the pitch, but that's a hard no," John said. Fair enough.
Playing With Fire is in theaters now.
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