Glenda Bautista: The First Wife of Ex-WWE Star Dave Bautista, who’ s Daughters Motivated His Professional Wrestling Career

by Laura C. Jones

Whether you know him as a movie star or from his WWE stints, Dave Bautista is one of the most famous people on the planet. With this popularity, comes a lot of speculation about his personal life and relationships.

The six-time world champion married Glenda Bautista nine years before starting his professional career. The couple divorced just one year before Bautista gained international fame.

In this article, we’ve gathered all the information available on Glenda Bautista, her children, and where she is now—over 25 years after her divorce from the wrestler-turned-actor. Let’s dive in!

Early Life

Glenda Bautista

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Glenda Bautista was born on February 5th, 1970 in New York. Like Dave, she’s a Filipino-American. 

Bautista grew up in New York, even choosing to attend university there. The Filipino-American studied business at Fordham Gabelli School of Business. There, she was a part of the sorority Sigma Psi Zeta.

Then, Glenda pursued further education, earning a Bachelor’s in English and writing from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Relationship With Dave Bautista


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Dave and Glenda Bautista met when he was working as a nightclub bouncer in 1990. The couple bonded immediately due to their shared backgrounds.

Just two weeks after they met, Glenda got pregnant. The Guardians of the Galaxy star seized the opportunity to start a family and asked Glenda to marry him immediately.

Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last long. While Glenda and Dave might have had the same Filipino-American descent, they soon found out that their differences triumphed over their similarities. They divorced in 1998.



Glenda has two children from Dave: Keilani, born in 1990, and Athena, born in 1992. The girls currently have a great relationship with their father.

That said, Dave Bautista fell into some hard times during his daughters’ childhood. The star recalls borrowing money just so he could buy his beloved girls some Christmas presents.

Then, it was his daughters who inspired him to turn his life around. He got serious about bodybuilding and wrestling so he could build a better life for his family, and the rest is history!

Glenda and Dave became grandparents at a young age too. Keilani has two children.

Where Glenda Bautista Is Now

Glenda Bautista

Glenda is incredibly hardworking. She has dedicated her life to her career, rarely taking a break. Bautista has been able to advance her career in sales and advertising so far. She now works as a senior product director.

Wrapping Up

Dave Bautista has been under the spotlight for over two decades. Yet, before his fame, he was married to Glenda Bautista, from whom he had two daughters.

Though the couple separated only a year before the pro-wrestler started his career, the divorce and his daughters inspired him to improve his life.

Nowadays, Glenda Bautista has an exceptional career. The young grandmother is a senior product director. When she’s not working, Bautista is volunteering as an alumnus at the University at Albany and the Fordham Gabelli School of Business.

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