Nikki Bella and John Cena have split up for certain after two months of a trial-and-error relationship. The couple have been on and off for 6 years.
They got together in 2012 and after a long-standing engagement, Bella and Cena broke up three months ago in April. The star wrote on her Instagram at the time, “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.”
Since then, they have attempted reconciliation several times and were seen spending time together as they tested out the waters.
The Total Divas star announced on Monday that despite trying to get back together, the couple are now finished forever. She told People, “After I called off the engagement, we tried to work on our relationship to get back to where it was, and in order to move forward with our wedding. After much time and soul-searching alone and together, we have decided to officially part ways. I had a beautiful and loving 6-year relationship with a wonderful man. I have the utmost respect for John, but I know this is what’s best for me.”
Bella has also reportedly been house-hunting, which means she wants to move out of the residence she shared with John Cena.
This decision was hinted at in recent episodes of Total Bellas. Discussing her relationship and the future on camera, Nikki said, “I definitely feel like I haven’t been myself for a longtime. I feel like I’m starting the journey of finding me again. And I just feel like in my heart, when I heal myself and figure out what’s wrong with me, he will be there. And if he’s not, then it wasn’t mean to be.”
She also said, “I wish it could be different and I think that’s why I’ve had almost six years of working on us and fighting and just taking in a lot. I just feel like I’ve hit the point that I’m just so exhausted and done.”
In this season of the show, the couple have argued over the nature and strict rules of their relationship many times, with Cena going as far as to agree to reverse his vasectomy and give Bella a child.
Another indication of Bella’s changing attitude towards Cena became apparent when she referred to him as ‘her friend’ in a video uploaded last July. She said, “We are both working on each other and trying to work on us. We talk every day. He is not only my best friend, but he truly is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He has patience with me and has really taught me a lot over the past few months. I think one of those things is the inner strength that I thought I had but didn’t realize how strong I had it.”
John Cena has remained quiet about the split so far.