Fans were heartbroken on Sunday when John Cena in addition to Nikki Bella announced their breakup after six years together.
The pro wrestling couple revealed they were splitting in addition to calling off their wedding in a social media statement. ET has learned in which the two were just three weeks away via tying the knot on May 5.
“After much contemplation in addition to 6 years of being together Nikki Bella in addition to John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,” the statement read on Bella’s Instagram account. “While This kind of decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love in addition to respect for one another. We ask in which you respect our privacy during This kind of time in our lives.”
Cena, 40, in addition to Bella, 34, got engaged last April after the pair won the mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida.
“I have been waiting so long to ask you This kind of,” Cena told Bella during the emotional moment, presenting her that has a huge diamond ring. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”
Though throughout their relationship, there have been signs in which the two were dealing with serious issues regarding their future together. Read on for a few of those moments before their breakup.
1. Cena has repeatedly said he never wanted to get married again or have kids.
Cena was previously married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Huberdeau, though they divorced in 2012 after marrying in 2009. Since then, the wrestler had been vocal about not wanting to tie the knot again. In an episode of Bella’s E! reality show with her sister Brie Bella, Total Bellas, he revealed in which he had Bella sign a 75-page agreement before they could even move in together.
In a 2013 episode of Total Bellas, Bella told Cena in which she wanted to be a mother, although he bluntly told her in which he didn’t want to have children.
“I’m going to choose my words carefully,” Cena replied. “I can’t give you in which.”
In 2014, he reiterated the point during yet another episode.
“I’ve told you I don’t want to get married in addition to I don’t want to have kids, in addition to you do want to get married in addition to you do want to have kids,” he said. “I feel like there’s a time bomb over my head.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2016, Cena revealed in which he in addition to Bella have been in therapy over the issue.
“Look, I know I cannot handle raising a child,” he told the magazine. “the item’s like with the dog. My biggest thing to Nicole about the dog was: Love dogs, although I can’t contribute to taking care of one. I don’t develop the time. in addition to just because everyone else is actually happy with children doesn’t mean in which’s how I have to live.”
“I’ve been upfront about This kind of,” he continued. “I just have things I need to get done. the item’s not negotiable. We’ve been to therapy over the item. I don’t think the item will ever be over with. I’m stubborn as f**k in addition to extremely selfish as well. I don’t want kids, I don’t want marriage. in which’s me just saying, ‘Hey, This kind of is actually my life in addition to This kind of is actually how I’m going to live.'”
2. The couple has wanted to call off their wedding before.
During a season three episode of Total Bellas, the couple got into a pretty serious disagreement.
“So we definitely want to call This kind of off?” a distraught Bella asked Cena, as the two talked about their future together.
Cena later said during his appearance on the Today show in which he was the one who “caved” when the item came to working out the argument.
“I can generalize the item in saying in relationships you have points of disagreement in addition to the item was a point of disagreement where the item seemed like we couldn’t get past the item,” he explained to Hoda Kotb in addition to Kathie Lee Gifford. “We got past the item, in addition to we’re back on.”
In March, Cena opened up to ET at the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards about their relationship struggles in which have played out on Total Bellas.
“the item’s a weird thing in which our relationship is actually public for the globe to know, [although] what a not bad takeaway for the folks at home — relationships are tough,” Cena said. “the item’s hard work, in addition to a lot of times, the item has to do with looking at yourself.”
“‘OK, there’s a problem. Am I causing the item? I kind of am. I’m being way too selfish here. We need to talk about This kind of,’ in addition to in which leads to a lot of conversations,” he continued. “Sometimes people don’t want to have those conversations.”
3. Cena in addition to Bella had a hard time creating time for one another.
During an episode of Total Bellas last September, Bella’s sister Brie told her in which she doesn’t consider Cena “family” because he didn’t attend their functions.
“I just feel like, when the item comes to family, John’s never within the picture,” Brie said. “Like, he’s always gone.”
“My man is actually part of This kind of family, in addition to I’m pretty much like his wife…” Nikki fired back.
“although you’re not his wife,” Brie cut her off, adding in which she didn’t want her daughter referring to Cena as an uncle.
“You’re gonna be sad about in which one day,” Nikki noted.
“Why?” Brie responded. “the item’s not like she’s ever going to meet him.”
Cena admitted to ET in December at the Ferdinand premiere in which the item was hard for him in addition to his then-fiancee to spend time together. Because of flight complications, Bella wasn’t able to attend the premiere at the time.
“We don’t get too much time with each various other, in addition to the item’s kind of a way for us to steal a date out of our schedule, so I was looking forward to seeing her,” he told ET. “I haven’t seen her in a few weeks. I’ve been going around the globe in addition to she’s been busy as well.”
“I think the gift we both long for is actually time with each various other, so the item’s both of us consciously carving out a few days to just develop the company of each various other,” he continued.
In March, during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Cena admitted he didn’t know when the two were getting married.
“I was able to let Nicole plan the bachelorette party in addition to she just finished in which,” he revealed. “in addition to currently I’m just kind of on standby to know when the item is actually in addition to where the item is actually, in addition to I’ll be there.”
On Monday, Cena appeared to address the breakup on Twitter.
“Hardship, loss, in addition to humility are extremely difficult waters to navigate,” he tweeted. “although perseverance thru them builds a strength to withstand anything life throws your way.”
For more on the split, watch the video below: