After divorcing his then-wife, Elizabeth Huberdeau, in 2012, John Cena made his apprehension to get married again pretty clear to Nikki Bella. In fact, the WWE Superstar expressed his uneasiness with marriage, while speaking to Bella during an episode of E!’s Total Divas back in 2014.
Well, Cena’s trepidation seemingly didn’t let up, as Bella and he each took to their social media accounts Sunday night and Monday, respectively, to confirm that they’re breaking up after six years together.
Hardship, loss, and humility are extremely difficult waters to navigate, but perseverance thru them builds a strength to withstand anything life throws your way.— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 16, 2018
Making it more devastating is Cena, 40, notoriously proposed to Bella, 34, with millions of fans watching at WrestleMania 33 just last April.
Their confirmed split also comes just weeks before their now-cancelled wedding, which was supposed to take place in Mexico on May 5, according to People.com. Nikki’s twin sister, Brie, is married to fellow WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, who recently returned to the ring. Upon learning about her sister’s split with Cena, Brie tweeted the following message of support.
We love you all ❤️ N pic.twitter.com/ooACLFXeMv— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 16, 2018
A source with knowledge of the couple said the split has left Bella, real name Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, heartbroken.
“She never gave him an ultimatum. He talked a really good game about having changed, about having his priorities straight, about knowing what’s important, and that it was her. 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 source said. “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 added: “But in that case, he never should’ve proposed, let alone in front of millions of people. Now she’s heartbroken. This was supposed to be the happiest time of her life. He ruined it and blew everything up.”
This past March, while speaking with the hit105 Stay, Abby & Matt radio show, Cena blamed being a workaholic for his failed marriage to Huberdeau, which only lasted from 2009 – 2012.
"I have made [WWE] my absolute life," he reportedly said. "I don't have a family. I tried marriage once and I realized my WWE marriage was the one that was going to survive."
In addition to his tenured wrestling career, Cena has a burgeoning acting career, with his comedy, Blockers, in theaters now.