A few more than a year after their very public action — and less than a month before they were set to walk down to the aisle in a destination wedding in Mexico together — able wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella announced that their involvement was over in April 2018.
“While this settlement was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the couple told Us Weekly in a statement. “We ask that you attend our privacy during this time in our lives.”
“Nikki and John wanted several things,” an insider told People. “It’s clear that they had issues over what they wanted from marriage and from family. She requires kids. But despite their disagreements and the fights they had, people still thought they would go through with the marriage. Everyone is shocked that it ended. It’s really sad. She’s on a reality show, but this is real life.”
A secondary source told the magazine, “He forever put himself first. John’s first interest is John. He will never put anyone first, and that will never change. That’s who he is, and he’s very open about it. Expensive cars and shoes are nice, but that doesn’t take the place of someone putting your needs first.”
Here’s what went down in this heartbreaking, hard-bodied breakup.