“While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” they told Us. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.”
The bombshell comes with their wedding just around the corner. The WWE superstars were planning to get hitched on May 5 in Mexico.
While their statement to Us doesn't indicate much acrimony, one insider told People that the break up is Cena's fault. The source said that Cena "talked a really good game" about his eagerness to get married, something he said he'd never do again after divorcing his first wife in 2012.
"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,” the insider says. “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.”
The source continues, “But in that case, he never should’ve proposed, let alone in front of millions of people. Now she’s heartbroken.”
Dating for six years, Cena and Bella got engaged at Wrestlemania 33. “Nicole is the strongest and most inspiring person I have ever met and that is why I love her," Cena said the day before he popped the question. "This moment tomorrow to me is the most important of all because I get to stand alongside the person I am in love with. This is the one that I will remember."
Because both Cena and Bella are famous for their jobs in a notoriously story-line heavy industry, it's worth wondering if we're all getting punked. Hell, it's worth asking if these two were ever planning to get married. Was this whole thing a bit done for attention?
Seems unlikly. In fact, Cena may have hinted at the trouble to come in an interview with Us Weekly last month. "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."
Check out Nikki's sexiest pics ever in the slideshow above.