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Nikki Bella Pranks Paparazzi With Fake Romance in Miami

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Nikki Bella just wanted a little privacy following her split from John Cena, but paparazzi looking to catch her in some of her most vulnerable moments weren’t willing to give that to her. So she decided to fight back.

In Wednesday’s all-new episode of Total Divas, Nikki was spending time with her fellow WWEwomen in a trip to Miami, Florida to celebrate Nia Jax and Lana’s birthday. But a jacuzzi moment with Nia, Paige and sister Brie Bella turned into an uncomfortable moment for the WWE star when they spotted paparazzi trying to take her photo sneakily.

Nikki tells TMZ … a story floating around showing her “canoodling with a mystery man” on a Miami balcony does NOT mean she’s interested in him. She says it was supposed to be a joke to mess with paps since they had been following her and the rest of the “Total Divas” crew for days.

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“The media has just been more involved in my life, and it just doesn’t make me feel good,” she admitted. “I feel like I can’t escape, like I’m a prisoner who has no freedom.”

“Babe, they’re after you,” Paige told Nikki when a group accosted them during a beachy brunch.

“They wanna see who I’m gonna grind on,” Nikki joked, adding later to the cameras, “The paparazzi are hounding us everywhere we’re going. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know how to handle it … I guess I just didn’t think people cared that much.”

Nikki declared she was “over it,” and decided to start some rumors, calling over the group’s bartender to talk closely with her and flirt within the photographers’ eye line.

Nikki and her longtime beau Cena split in April, calling off their wedding after getting engaged at WrestleMania the year prior.

“After much contemplation and 6 years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,” the couple said in a 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. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”