Bianca Belair is focusing on 'self-care' during WWE hiatus with exciting new projects in the pipeline
WWE superstar Bianca Belair is making the most of her break (Picture: WWE/Getty)

Bianca Belair has confirmed she’s currently taking a break from WWE to focus on ‘some self-care’ after a dominating run as women’s champion.

The EST of WWE – who hasn’t been seen on-screen since getting attacked backstage by Damage CTRL on the August 18 episode of SmackDown – has been written off TV to give her a break after an intense 420-day run with the Raw Women’s Title which included countless community events and media commitments.

Speaking exclusively to at the MTV Video Music Awards this week, Bianca said: ‘Right now, it was just some self-care. We did some things with us personally that I’m so excited about, it has to do with the future.’

The 34-year-old star – whose husband and fellow wrestler Montez Ford joked his wife has been giving him ‘new house tasks every day’ during her time off – also teased some exciting new projects in the pipeline.

‘I’m trying to write a children’s book as well,’ she revealed, while their Hulu reality series The Crawfords is set to drop ‘at the end of this year, beginning of next year’.

‘We’re finishing up, wrapping up filming that,’ she teased, while working on the show itself has been a real turnaround for someone who previously insisted she’d ‘never’ work in reality TV.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Bianca Belair and Montez Ford attend the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Bianca and her husband Montez Ford were in attendance at the MTV Video Music Awards (Picture: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
WWE superstar Bianca Belair as Raw Women's Champion
Bianca is one of WWE’s most popular stars (Picture: WWE)

She explained: ‘I was always somebody that was like, “I will never do reality TV, I have no desire to do it”. And I learned to never say never very quickly.

‘It was different for me because everybody sees my husband – who everybody in the ring is who he is at home, he’s high energy, he’s full of life, full of joy, yelling, screaming, singing.

‘I’m a little bit more low-key and more reserved, I just chill at home and do my DIY projects. I’m used to having the cameras in my face at work and now they’re in my home. How do I just be normal now? I don’t need to turn it on to be Bianca Belair. It’s a different dynamic!’

Bianca’s hiatus has given the beloved fan favourite a chance to relax at home and find shows to binge, which has led her to becoming obsessed with Temptation Island.

‘I’m never home and I was finally home so I was looking for things to binge watch. I just started binge watching it and I brought [Montez] along,’ she revealed. ‘At one point, the girls were putting their hands on a guy and I was like, “Take your hand off of him!” and I was hitting him.

‘He was like, “Babe, they’re not touching me!” I was invested in all five seasons!’

Montez added: ‘I will say, we always find new shows to watch and binge watch, we discuss them, we pause the show in the middle of it and we talk about all the different sides – why this person made this decision, why would they do that? – we try to listen to reason so, it’s a lot of fun.’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) WWE Chief Content Officer Paul Levesque, TKO + Endeavor CEO Ariel Emanuel, WWE Superstars Bianca Belair and Montez Ford, UFC hall of famer Daniel Cormier, UFC CEO Dana White, and TKO + Endeavor President and COO Mark Shapiro pose outside the New York Stock Exchange during the TKO Group Holdings' listing on September 12, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Michelle Farsi/Zuffa LLC)
Bianca and Montez were in New York with Triple H (Paul Levesque), Ariel Emanuel, Daniel Cormier, Dana White and Mark Shapiro for the first day of trading for TKO (Picture: Michelle Farsi/Zuffa LLC)

Despite the break, Bianca hasn’t been too far away, as just this week she and Montez joined the likes of bosses Triple H and Vince McMahon at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the $21 billion merger between UFC and WWE with both companies now under the TKO banner owned by Endeavor.

‘It was exciting just to be part of a historic moment,’ she said. ‘Being able to be there representing WWE was an honour. It’s very exciting because it’s a new chapter.’

She admitted: ‘Everyone is on the edge of, “What’s coming? What’s happening next?” so I’m just excited for whatever can come out of this and what’s going to come out of this. It’s going to be great.’

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