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John Cena: 'I'm extremely happy' in my new relationship

The former WWE star stopped by TODAY to talk about his new movie, "Playing With Fire" — and his new love.
/ Source: TODAY

When it comes to love, John Cena is one "happy" fella.

The former wrestler and all-around good guy stopped by TODAY with Hoda & Jenna on Thursday to talk about his upcoming film, “Playing With Fire,” as well as his relationship with girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh.

“Does she kind of not look like your ex, as well? Do you have a type?” guest co-host Andy Cohen playfully asked when discussing how Cena and Shariatzadeh went to the movie's premiere last month.

He was referring to Nikki Bella, Cena's former fiancee.

Image: "Playing With Fire" New York Premiere
Cena and Shariatzadeh attend the "Playing With Fire" premiere in New York City on Oct. 26, 2019.Noam Galai / Getty Images

“Andy, thank you so much for asking that question, but I’ll keep that as your question and those details to myself,” Cena responded.

“I can say with great confidence I’m extremely happy,” he added.

Cohen brought up the fact that Cena, 42, who openly pined for Bella during a TODAY appearance after their split in 2018, was on a reality show with her. He wondered if that meant the former WWE star was taking “baby steps” toward going public with this romance.

Cena gives a little dirt on his new relationship while chatting with Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen.
Cena gives a little dirt on his new relationship while chatting with Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

“Every experience in life is a chance for us to know who we are and who we’re not,” Cena said. “And just because I went down one avenue in life doesn’t mean that I’m going to repeat going down that avenue. If there’s a learning experience for me, and a takeaway for me, it’s OK to be who you are and it’s OK to establish boundaries.”

Cena said he’s learned from his past, something he recommends other people do as well.

“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 said. “If you’ve done something before and it doesn’t really mesh with who you are, it’s OK to change and it’s OK to develop and grow and that’s the journey of life.”

Cena has not spoken much about his relationship with Shariatzadeh, which may have started in March, according to E! News.

Image: Paramount Pictures' "Playing with Fire" US Premiere
Exactly how hot is the romance between Cena and Shariatzadeh, seen here at the "Playing With Fire" premiere?Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

While he has been quiet about it, he did say they met while he shot "Playing With Fire."

"What's truly special about this one is that, no matter what projects I'm involved in in the future, this one will always have a special meaning because I got to film a special project and meet someone special," Cena told "Entertainment Tonight" at the film's premiere.