They say the heart is a muscle, and John Cena certainly knows a thing or two about muscles. Having tied the knot last year, the WWE veteran’s heart belongs to his wife, Shay Shariatzadeh. Despite his larger-than-life fame, the couple have kept their romance largely out of the limelight, save for a couple of red carpet appearances and the occasional interview comment.
“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,” he told Entertainment Tonight in 2019 of meeting “beautiful” Shariatzadeh while filming Playing With Fire.
Since they met during filming, it’s only fitting that Shariatzadeh supports the wrestling icon-turned-actor no matter what his acting career brings. For instance, in his most recent role as the titular supervillain in HBO Max series Peacemaker (which premiered Jan. 13), Cena sings in nothing but underwear for one sexy scene—something his wife made her peace with.
“My wife is the most wonderful woman on the face of the planet for being cool with… something like that,” he said on the Jan. 12 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, while his wife looked on from the audience. “When I say, ‘Hey, today at work I’m going to be singing in my underwear’—and maybe if you watch Peacemaker, you might find out it’s less than my underwear—and she’s like, ‘Hey, go get ‘em, give ‘em your best.’ That’s a person confident in self in a trusting relationship.”
Here’s what we know about John Cena‘s wife, Shay Shariatzadeh, the woman that the bodybuilder has built a life with.
Who is John Cena’s wife, Shay Shariatzadeh?
Shariatzadeh is an Iranian-born Canadian citizen who attended college in Vancouver. Unlike Cena, who’s been in the spotlight since the early 2000s, she keeps a low profile and doesn’t have a public Instagram presence.
“The strongest and most hard working woman I know is my mother,” she said of her upbringing in a Q&A with her former company, Avigilon, for International Women’s Day in 2019, later adding, “She is a surgeon who worked day and night so we could have a good life. While she was at the peak of her career, she gave it all up to move her family to Canada to give us a better future.”
How did John Cena meet his wife?
The pair’s romance heated up after they met in Vancouver while Cena was shooting the movie Playing With Fire. They were first photographed holding hands in March 2019, and later made their red carpet debut at the film’s premiere in October of the same year. While the wrestler mainly remained tight-lipped about their romance, he did say to Entertainment Tonight on the carpet: “It’s a wonderful day for a movie premiere and I got a beautiful date.”
How long has John Cena been married to Shay Shariatzadeh?
As of Peacemaker‘s premiere in January 2021, the pair have been married for just over a year. After keeping their relationship almost entirely out of the public eye, Cena surprised fans when he tied the knot with Shariatzadeh in a private ceremony in Tampa, Fla. on Oct. 12, 2020.
What does John Cena’s wife do for a living?
Shariatzadeh is an engineer who reportedly attended the University of British Columbia from 2008 to 2013, based on her now-deleted LinkedIn profile, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She previously worked as a product manager at Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions Company in Vancouver, and as of 2020 was reportedly working for Sonatype, an enterprise software company.
“I have always enjoyed math and physics,” she previously told Aviglon of her career path. “My brother studied engineering in school, and I remember one day he came home with a project and it was an autonomous car—and that was it! I decided to study Engineering.”
How old is Shay Shariatzadeh, John Cena’s wife?
At 32, Shariatzadeh is 12 years younger than the 44-year-old Cena.
How many times has John Cena been married?
This is Cena’s second marriage, as he first married Elizabeth Huberdeau, who he reportedly met in high school, in 2009. He filed divorce papers in 2012 after three years of marriage.
Was John Cena married to Nikki Bella?
Following the end of his first marriage, Cena began a high-profile, six-year relationship with fellow wrestling star Nikki Bella, some of which was documented for her E! show Total Bellas. While they got engaged at WrestleMania 33 in 2018, where he presented her with an engagement ring in the wrestling ring, they didn’t end up walking down the aisle. The pair called off their engagement a year later, telling Us Weekly in a joint statement at the time: “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.”