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John Cena gets emotional about rocky relationship in new interview Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for WWE

“Today” hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb rarely find themselves uncomfortable situations while live on air. And in the rare moments that they do, a little bit of laughter and a few sips of wine usually can get them out of it. Yet these two professionals seemed to find themselves in an awkward place during their Feb. 8 show as they shared the set with wrestling giant John Cena.

It started out innocently enough, as Kathie Lee and Hoda brought up their concern over a recent trailer for the upcoming season of reality show “Total Bellas,” which chronicles the life of John’s fiancée and fellow wrestler Nikki Bella and her sister, Brie.

And yes, John is also routinely featured on the show.

“What a weird place we are in that everyone thinks they see on television is not real,” John told the “Today” hosts.

“We are worried about you.” Kathie Lee responded.

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With that genuine concern, John seemed able to speak his truth about his relationship.

“I think in relationships you have highs and lows, and that was an extreme low,” John said, looking downright emotional. “You have two choices. You either jump ship and start a new relationship, or move forward and try to work through it. We’re gonna move forward and try to work through it.

Asked bluntly if the wedding was still on track, John said, “I believe we both have some work to do, and we’re genuinely trying our best to work through it. So I’m very happy to say that it’s in a situation that we’re working through,” he added. “We haven’t yet jumped ship.”

It’s a sad state of events for the much-loved twosome, who got engaged last April at Wrestlemania. But John put a positive spin on it. “If it’s something that’s really that genuinely that meaningful to you, you will find a way to make it work, and I am determined through thick and thin to find a way to make it work because I absolutely love this woman,” he said.

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Despite his genuine hopes to make the relationship work, John also admitted his trepidation to show such a personal moment on television.

“What I admire about Nicole and Brianna is they want to document their lives because they see how it helps people,” he said. “A lot of the stories that they’ve been so openly sharing, they’ll meet people in the streets and they’ll say, ‘You know what, I was going through something similar and you genuinely helped me with that.’ So this is a tough moment for the both of us, and it was really cruddy to be in that moment and [to] have [camera] people around you. But at the same time, if someone can watch it, and maybe it helps them in their journey, then I guess that’s a good reason to capture it.”

We certainly hope that these two can rely on their love to get them through this tough moment in their lives.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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