John Cena, a renowned figure in the world of WWE wrestling and acting, has become widely recognized not only for his physical prowess but also for his passionate admiration for the sensational K-pop phenomenon, BTS. His ardent dedication to the seven-member South Korean group and its massive global following, known as the BTS ARMY, has not been a secret in the least. 

John Cena
John Cena

John Cena’s profound love for BTS goes beyond a mere fandom; it’s a genuine connection that he has nurtured over the years. This multifaceted star has consistently shown his unwavering support for BTS, from attending their concerts to actively engaging with their music and social media presence. He recently spoke candidly about how BTS’s music and the incredible sense of unity within their global fanbase have been instrumental in helping him navigate some of his life’s most challenging moments. 

John Cena’s transformation from a WWE tough guy to a vulnerable author

K-Pop Group BTS
K-Pop Group BTS

John Cena‘s journey of self-discovery and personal growth within the BTS Army community is a testament to the transformative power of fandom and the incredible impact that a global fanbase can have on an individual’s life. Initially known for his tough, larger-than-life persona in the WWE, John Cena’s decision to embrace vulnerability and share his authentic self on social media was a significant departure from his established image.  

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What sets this story apart is Cena’s acknowledgment of the BTS Army for being instrumental in helping him break down the barriers of self-expression. It was through interactions with fellow BTS fans that Cena began to understand the importance of embracing vulnerability and authenticity. John Cena told on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,

“It caught fire because of the BTS ARMY. I was essentially sending a similar message of the band. 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.” 

Inspired by the love and acceptance he found among BTS fans, he decided to channel his newfound vulnerability into the creation of motivational books. His publications, 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, are a direct result of the support and encouragement he received from the Army during his moments of vulnerability. These books serve as a testament to the profound impact of the BTS Army and their ability to inspire personal growth and positive change. 

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When Did the Wrestling Star Catch the K-Pop Bug? 

John Cena
John Cena

The precise moment when John Cena officially embraced his status as a BTS fan may remain shrouded in the annals of internet history, but it was in February 2018 that the world got its first glimpse of his admiration for the K-pop sensation. This revelation came in the form of a social media post where Cena shared a picture of J-Hope, one of the seven members of BTS. It was a subtle yet significant gesture that hinted at his burgeoning connection with the group. Cena told to Comic Book

“So when I started to look at BTS, and listen to their music, I was originally drawn because there are rappers in that crew. So when I started to look at BTS, and listen to their music, I was originally drawn because there are rappers in that crew.” 

Cena’s engagement with BTS’s music, message, and passionate fanbase was evident, marking the beginning of his journey as a dedicated fan. His initial posts about self-love and growth set the stage for a deeper connection with the BTS Army, ultimately leading to a transformative experience that would shape his life in unexpected and beautiful ways. 

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