John Cena and Nikki Bella are throwing in the towel after the couple announced they were ending their relationship just one year after getting engaged in the middle of the ring in front of tens of thousands of fans at WrestleMania 33.
The two WWE stars were not happy about their separation but had no choice but move on. Bella, whose real name is Nicole Garcia-Colace, announced the longtime couple were splitting up in a post on Instagram Sunday night.
“After much contemplation and 6 years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple. 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.”
The pair, who met as wrestlers for WWE, have had their relationship chronicled for years on the E! reality series “Total Divas” and spinoff “Total Bellas.” They gave no reason for the separation.
Cena proposed to Nikki Bella following the pair’s match at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida. He was previously married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012.
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Cena spoke to ABC’s Peter Travers on his show “Popcorn” just a couple weeks ago, while promoting his new movie “Blockers,” about his wedding and engagement to Nikki.
“I asked my lovely bride-to-be to marry me in the wrestling ring at Wrestlemania almost one year ago today — in front of 75,000 of our closest friends,” he said. “It meant a lot to me specifically; Nicole and I have been through ups and downs.
Relationships are hard, especially when your relationship is in the public. Nicole had to deal with a lot of misconceptions about our relationship. … I wanted a global stage to tell the woman of my dreams that I wanted to marry her.”
What a sad ending for these two love birds. We hope they will able to pull through all media attention and bubble in this trying time.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.