Daniel Bryan Talks Paternity Leave and Returning to the WWE: 'We're Both Home to Raise This Baby'
By Rachel McRady
Daniel Bryan is loving his paternity leave! The WWE SmackDown Live General Manager, 36, welcomed his first child, Birdie, with his wife, Brie Bella, in early May, and has been enjoying family time ever since.
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"My wife and I are very blessed. I am very grateful for the life that we lead," he said. "WWE has been great about giving me paternity leave, and Brie and I are very fortunate that we’re both home to raise this baby.”
He also opened up to E! about all he's learned as a first-time parent.
"It's been a real learning experience, but it's also been really good. I didn't know how to change a diaper until Birdie was born," he said. "It's really made me work on myself and it has helped Brie and I work on our relationship. It makes you a less selfish person."
And though it will be hard, Bryan is preparing to return to work, though he won't be back in the ring just yet.
“I’m working on it,” Bryan told SI. “Wrestling is more of a creative outlet, and especially for somebody like me, I view it as my creative outlet. Not all WWE superstars and not all wrestlers view it that way, but that’s how I view it and that’s one of the ways my mind works creatively.”
Bryan recently celebrated his first Father's Day, which Bella commemorated with a sweet Instagram post.
"The minute I saw his face as Birdie was coming into this world I knew he'd be an amazing father!!! Happy Father's Day #fathersday #BryanandBirdie#fatheranddaughter," she captioned the father/daughter picture.
As for Bryan, he didn't take much stock in the holiday, but told SI, “Father’s Day was just a normal day, but our normal days are very nice, so I can’t complain.”
For more from the sweet family, watch the clip below!