with… NIKKI BRIE& BELLA The WWE stars open up about their super-hectic lives and their rock-solid relationship
Total Bellas’ Brie (left) and Nikki Bella open up to In Touch about motherhood, wedding planning and whether they’ll ever get back in the WWE ring.
It’s been a crazy year for Nikki and Brie Bella, the twins who made it big in the world of WWE before becoming breakout stars on E!’s Total Divas and landing their own spin-off, Total Bellas (which recently returned for Season 2). In early April, Nikki got engaged to fellow pro wrestler John Cena and, just two days later, announced she was taking time off from the WWE because of a neck injury. Then on May 9, Brie — who had taken a break from wrestling in April 2016 to focus on starting a family with her husband, former wrestler Bryan Danielson ( known to fans by his wrestling name, Daniel Bryan) — welcomed her first child, daughter Birdie. “When it rains, it pours,” says Brie. “Like, could we have spread this all out over a few years?” Add in the launch of their new Youtube channel, their Birdiebee clothing line and a new wine label, and one might
wonder how the sibs, 33, keep their heads above water. “We’re each other’s support system,” says Nikki. “We have a special twin bond and give each other a certain amount of strength.” Here, the badass sisters talk to In Touch’s Melissa Roberto about motherhood, wedding planning and whether they’ll ever get back in the ring again.
Can you imagine going through all of these life changes without each other? BB: No. I couldn’t do it without Nikki, and without Bryan and John. NB: Brie is my rock. I don’t cry a lot, but when I do, she’s the shoulder I cry on. I couldn’t make it without her. So you’re best friends? BB: Yes! We Facetime and text all day long. It’s crazy. NB: We’ll be doing things around the house and just keep each other on Facetime.
No sibling rivalry at all?! NB: There are times I’ve been envious of Brie. Like she can smash burgers and still keep such a tight little figure! BB: Not anymore! [ Laughs]
Brie, tell us about becoming a mom. BB: I love it. It’s hard, I will say that. But so rewarding.
What are your favorite moments with Birdie? BB: When she wakes up and sees me, she smiles. And then she stretches like I do. Also, breast-feeding is my favorite thing in the world. And she’s so warm and cozy in the morning.
And, Nikki, congrats on getting engaged! NB: Thank you! Sometimes I look down [at my ring] and I’m still like, “Oh my gosh, I’m engaged!” I don’t think it will sink in until our second or third wedding anniversary!
Done any wedding planning yet? NB: I have a date set and a wedding dress, and now I just need to do everything in between. It won’t be for a while because we’re both so busy and I want to be a fiancée for a while. I have forever to be married.
What about wrestling? Will you guys get back in the ring? BB: We miss it terribly. NB: I think about it every day. Once you have the passion for wrestling, you can’t forget it. BB: I say we make a comeback in 2018 as the Bella Twins, not individuals. NB: I agree! It’s a deal! ◼
NEW MOM “I’m so in love,” Brie gushes of her daughter, Birdie.
REALITY TV “Family is always first,” say the twins, who star in Season 2 of Total Bellas with their men, John (left) and Bryan, 36.
SO CLOSE “We’ve always been each other’s biggest cheerleader,” says Brie (left). SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT John, 40, shocked Nikki and fans with a proposal during a live WWE event.