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John Cena and Nikki Bella broke up

The Real Reason John Cena and Nikki Bella Broke Up (and Got Back Together)

John Cena and Nikki Bella announced in April 2018 that they had called off their wedding, which had been planned for May. On the one hand, this news — which came a year after Cena popped the question at WrestleMania — was shocking. But it also wasn’t that shocking, as there had been ample evidence of trouble in the relationship.

After their temporary separation, though, the two have apparently worked out some of their issues and gotten back together. Here’s what we know about why Cena and Bella called off their wedding and what they said that made us think the two would reconcile sooner rather than later

It was on April 15th, 2018 that Cena and Bella announced their decision to separate. The announcement came in the form of a post on Bella’s Instagram page.

“After much contemplation and six years of being together Nikki Bella and John Cena announced today their decision to separate as a couple,” the statement read. “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another.”

Cena seemed devastated on social media. After the announcement, he posted on Twitter, “Hardship, loss, and humility are extremely difficult waters to navigate, but perseverance thru them builds a strength to withstand anything life throws your way.”

Ever since his 2012 divorce, Cena had expressed the fact that he really does not want to get married again. “I don’t want marriage,” Cena told Rolling Stone in 2016. “That’s me just saying, ‘Hey, this is my life and this is how I’m going to live.’”

But Bella, who Cena began dating in 2012, was very much interested in marriage, as was clear to anyone who watched the reality show, Total Bellas. So there always seemed to be that tension in the relationship, with the two feeling very differently about their future as a couple.

Cena was saying in interviews conducted as recently as the year before his proposal that he didn’t want to get married. So what happened? Well, after he popped the question, Cena said that he loves Bella so much that he changed his mind.

“I found the absolute right person,” Cena said on Today at the time. “I found a strong person who I consider to be an equal…it took a person that strong to change my view on life.”

It wasn’t just that Cena did not want marriage; it’s also that he did not want to ever have children. Cena repeatedly said in interviews and on Total Bellas that he didn’t think he’d be able to devote enough time to raising a kid.

“Look, I know I cannot handle raising a child,” he told Rolling Stone in 2016. “It’s like with the dog. My biggest thing to Nicole about the dog was: Love dogs, but I can’t contribute to taking care of one. I don’t have the time. And just because everyone else is happy with children doesn’t mean that’s how I have to live.”

Naturally, after Cena proposed to Bella despite years of saying he wouldn’t do so, the question was, had Cena also changed his mind about having kids? Or had Bella come around to the idea of not having children?

It seemed like it was the latter; Bella told People at the time, “I have come to that decision of being okay with it that I won’t be a mom. Now I get to be a bride and a wife, and I’m good with that.”

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