Nikki and Brie's aunt, Priscilla Dickerson, confirmed to Radar that the identical sisters have a strained relationship with their father, Jonathan Garcia. Unlike the twins' mom, Kathy Colace, their brother, JJ, and his wife, Lola, Garcia does not regularly appear on their hit E! show because of their distant relationship.
"Jonathan is upset sometimes because he is not closer to the girls and their brother," Dickerson told Radar.
The aunt said Nikki and Brie's dad enjoys watching his daughters on Total Bellas, but that the reality show also serves as a reminder that their relationship is severed beyond repair.
"It bothers him a lot," the aunt said. "Sometimes he's real down."
The aunt revealed the famous twins and their brother do not speak or see their father regularly because he has another family in Mexico.
"Nikki and Brie's dad has another wife. They have been together for 12 years," Dickerson revealed. "They have two kids who are three and nine."
Dickerson said JJ is especially bitter about Garcia's second family.
"JJ is jealous because he has another son," the aunt said.
Garcia's second wife and their babies are stuck in Mexico, according to Dickerson, because they do not have the necessary paperwork to move to the United States.
Nikki and Brie, who were born in Arizona, now reside in San Diego. Dickerson revealed that even though their father's new family is located in Mexico, he spends his weeks in California working. Still, the famous twins do not make a conscious effort to communicate with their dad, said the great aunt.
"I don't think they call him because they're real busy, with their show and this and that," Dickerson said.
Dickerson said the twins managed to put aside the bad blood with their father for just one day last month when they called to wish him a happy birthday.
Their great aunt added that although Nikki and Brie do not come around, the family is proud of their success.
"Their dad wants the twins to be happy because they are his daughters," the relative added.
As Radar readers know, it's been a year of ups and downs for Nikki Bella. The reality star called off her wedding to John Cena twice.
The wrestling couple ultimately ended their six-year long relationship for good due to their differences over their careers and having kids.
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