Nikki Bella and John Cena break up

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WWE Superstars Nikki Bella and John Cena have called off their engagement and ended their relationship after six years together. Cena proposed to Bella at last year’s WrestleMania after they defeated the team of The Miz and Maryse in a Mixed Tag Team match.

The couple gave the following statement to Us Weekly, who broke the news of the separation:

“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”

Both Cena and Bella posted the following on their social media accounts:

Last month, Cena also admitted to some of the struggles of their relationship saying the following:

“Relationships are hard. Don’t ever think that love is easy. Love is beautiful, but we’ve had to come to the realization after being together for five years that love is not easy. We work every day on us. We have our problems just like everybody else. Some of our problems are very public, some of them aren’t. But we work every day on us. Anytime I get upset, I always just realize that I can’t live without her and I love her and that’s why I cave in on a lot of stuff. It takes being able to mesh two lives. I would never ever want Nicole to be in a position where she says, ‘I’m holding you back from doing this because I feel it’s wrong for us.’ And I would never say that to her. That’s why she’s super busy and sometimes we don’t see each other for months at a time, but when we do see each other, it’s our time together.”

Update 04/16/18:

According to People, Nikki Bella and John Cena’s wedding date was set for May 5th but as the date grew near, Cena began to get cold feet.

A source also tells People that Bella is “heartbroken” about the breakup:

“She never gave him an ultimatum. He talked a really good game about having changed, about having his priorities straight, about knowing what’s important, and that it was her. But as the day got closer, it was like he just went back to who he’s always been — which is someone who puts himself first, always. He’s an incredibly dedicated, driven, ambitious guy. And for the longest time he said he didn’t think he had room in his life for a spouse or kids. It seems like in the end that was still the truth. But in that case, he never should’ve proposed, let alone in front of millions of people. Now she’s heartbroken.”

A teaser for the third season of Total Bellas also looked into Bella and Cena calling off their engagement:

We here at Diva-Dirt wish both Nikki Bella and John Cena all the best and hope they remain positive in these difficult times.