WWE superstar, Nikki Bella makes a shocking revelation after ending her marriage with John Cena. She revealed she was raped twice while growing up.
However, Nikki took the blame for the rape.
She told PEOPLE she wanted to keep it a secret in her new co-memoir with sister Brie Bella, Incomparable.
“I was like that for a really long time,” she admits. “I would go to therapy on and off. Looking at it now I’m like, ‘Oh Nicole, I wish you just would’ve let go at a young age. So much would have changed for you.’ And I think that’s what made me really want to tell these stories finally.”
Now, Nikki says she’s eager to share her truth in hopes of helping others who have been in similar situations.
“When the #MeToo movement happened, I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh,'” she recalls. “I feel like, if I’m having these younger women look up to me, maybe I can help them and have them not hold onto this as long as I did. It wasn’t until I was 28 and in a relationship where someone started to teach me how to respect myself. That’s how long I held on to things and felt I had no boundaries. And I’d always look at Brie like, ‘Oh, she has boundaries, she treats herself with such respect. How do I not have this?’ And I knew why. But I held onto it for so long. When I look back at just decisions I made based off of it, I wish I could have heard my words now as a 36-year-old woman then, and be like, ‘You’re going to be okay.'”
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