John Cena Thanks BTS For Helping Embrace His Vulnerability

John Cena

John Cena has discussed the surprising influence on his decision to embrace his inner vulnerability – the massively successful K-pop group BTS.

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cena was discussing his two new motivational books – Be a Work in Progress: And Other Things I’d Like to Tell My Younger Self and Do Your Best Every Day to Do Your Best Every Day: Encouraging Words from John Cena, that are both released on April 6th.

Discussing his decision to open up and show his vulnerable side on Twitter, Cena explained:

“I was going through a pretty down period of my life. It was about four years ago and I decided to just have a vulnerable moment. I then put one of those thought-provoking entries out on Twitter. And four years ago when I started this a lot of them were about self-love because I was going through that down period where I didn’t consider myself enough.”

Cena then detailed the link to BTS, saying that both they and Cena are trying to spread the same message:

“Amazingly enough, talk about wonderful timing and just being ready for an opportunity. A very popular group, BTS, had just released an album called Love Yourself. So I put out all these messages about self-love. I’m thinking this is not gonna be a good idea because this big, larger-than-life 16-time WWE champion is talking about vulnerability. And you aren’t enough and you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are.”

“But it caught fire because of the BTS army. I was essentially sending a similar message as the band. These books exist because the BTS army was brave enough to support my vulnerable moment. And now it’s become a part of my daily routine.”

“So I really got to thank K-pop. I got to thank BTS for supporting me in a moment of weakness and turning it into a passion of mine.”

John Cena recently thanked a young fan that saved his sister’s life. The eight-year-old credited Cena with teaching him how to perform CPR when his sister was choking.

h/t People for the transcription