Professional wrestler turned actor John Cena and Nikki Bella had been dating since 2012 in real life. And on WWE, they were also a couple for the camera. But both worlds collided during WrestleMania n Orlando, Florida.
Cena and Bella were in a mixed tag-team match against Miz and Maryse in April 2017. They won easily. After the win, Cena invited Bella on stage for what is perhaps the sweetest live television engagement in a long time.
Cena then got down on one knee and proposed to Bella in front of 70,000 fans.
I have been waiting so long to ask you this. Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?
Of course, she said ‘yes’. Before the match, Maryse taunted Bella about not being married since she officially started dating Cena on TV three years prior. This may have been a hint of the engagement or just a fluke.
After 6 years, their engagement is done
With only weeks to their wedding, John Cena and Niki Bella have announced that they are going their separate ways. US Weekly broke the shocking news. Bella made the announcement via a statement on her Twitter.
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.
Bella did not give any reason for the split, so it is safe to assume that the couple is keen on keeping it private. The wedding was earlier scheduled for May 2018, but in October 2017, the couple said conflicting schedules would result in a postponement.
After his divorce from his first wife Elizabeth Huberdeau in 2012, Cena made comments about being reluctant to getting married again and have children. That seems to have changed before his proposal to Bella.
More recently, while speaking to PEOPLE, Cena said he already felt married to Bella.
People come up to me and say, ‘I love watching your wife on television.’ And I love that…I’m already ready to go there and it sounds nice hearing it. I know that we will have a wonderful future together because I love the way that sounds.
It is a sad ending for what would have been another television love story. Still, we wish both Cena and Bella the best.
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