Nikki Bella has apologized for a resurfaced video of her insult to WWE Legend Chyna.
The “Total Bellas” star responded after a video of Nikki and her twin sister Brie during an episode of “Fashion Police” in 2013 joking with host Joan Rivers about the star, who died in 2013. ‘overdose at the age of 46 in 2016.
In the clip, the retired wrestler laughed, “We don’t know if it’s male or female.”
After the clip was released on social media, Nikki said in a statement, “I sincerely apologize for a comment I made over 8 years ago on Fashion Police.
“I’m sorry and embarrassed by my 29 year old self, which offended Chyna and in turn hurt her family and others. I wish I could take it back.
“Please learn from me, it’s not worth hurting someone for a crazy laugh.
“Chyna will be remembered as an icon and trailblazer who helped create the opportunities for women in wrestling that exist today. Thank you Chyna! (Sic)”
In addition to holding the WWE Women’s Title, the late star was also the first woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship, and she remains the only woman in history to do so.
Chyna defeated Triple H, Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho in the ring, and she was the first woman to participate in both the Royal Rumble match and the King of the Ring tournament.
Her official social media account responded to the resurfaced video of the Bella Twins, and although they deleted the initial response, they shared another one before Nikki apologized. They wrote: “This video from @BellaTwins is disrespectful. Chyna would have been hurt by it. But we’re just going to show love.”
They later added: “Nikki apologized on her page and in private. It was sincere. Please stop attacking her.
“Her apologies were also passed on to the family. She grew up as a person. There is no hatred or ill will. Please build each other up, don’t you. don’t demolish. Chyna believed in forgiveness (sic) “