After years of insisting he had no desire to start a family, the pro-wrestler said he’s had a change of heart.
“I would love to be a dad,” Cena told TMZ. “I realize very much that I have been steadfast in saying that I don’t want children.”
Cena said that as he got older, he began to realize that there is more to life than working.
“I dedicated my life to my work, and now I’m realizing that there is life, and life exists, and it’s beautiful, and I think part of that is being a parent,” he explained.
“We talk to each other all the time,” Cena told TMZ. “We are best friends.”
Bella previously told PEOPLE she “100 percent” believes Cena is ready to start a family.
“I truly think that he wants to be a father,” she said. “I think John’s going to make an incredible dad. You see everything he does with [the charity] Make a Wish — that’s why I always knew! He’s meant to be a dad. I just need time, I need time to digest.”
On May 19, the two were spotted out together for the first since their split.
“They’re basically back together,” a second source close to the situation told PEOPLE at the time. “They never stopped talking. Other than the actual wedding weekend, when they took some space, they have been talking.”
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.