John Cena, Nikki Bella end engagement: 'This decision was a hard one'

John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the premiere of Blockers at the Paramount Theatre

John Cena and Nikki Bella attend the premiere of Blockers at the Paramount Theatre

John Cena and Nikki Bella have called it quits after six years together.

While the decision was a hard one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.

Their relationship was pushed into the pop-culture mainstream after his proposal a year ago, which absolutely tickled wrestling fans worldwide.

Cena, 40, hinted there was trouble in an interview with Us Weekly last week.

Fans have responded to the breakup with honest sadness, and more than a few wrestling-adjacent memes.

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Namely, Nikki Bella wanted to get married and have children.

During an appearance on the Today show last month, Cena opened up about his relationship with Bella, revealing that he made his then-girlfriend sign a "crazy agreement" before they moved in together - and she did it "totally without question".

The end of the couple's relationship appears to be teased on the trailer for Bella's reality show, Total Bellas. You either jump ship and start a new relationship or move forward and try to work through it. "We work every day on us".

When Gifford asked if the wedding was still on at the time, Cena said it was. He didn't really say yes or no, but at that time they were still working on things. "We haven't yet jumped ship". So while many people saw the proposal coming past year, a few months beforehand, no one would've guessed it.

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