​John Cena And Nikki Bella Call It Quits, Ending Engagement

John Cena and fiancee Nikki Bella have split up and called off their engagement, having last been spotted together at Wrestlemania on 8 April.

"While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another," the couple told Us in a statement.

"We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Having been dating since 2012, Cena, 40, proposed to Bella, 34, one year ago at Wrestlemania 33.

Over the weekend, Cena posted an instagram photo of a Walt Whitman quote that simply read: "We were together. I forget the rest."

He also tweeted another Walt Whitman quote that said: "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and the shadows will fall behind you," adding in his caption that the message was for anyone 'feeling down' in times of crisis.

Just last month, Cena spoke out about their relationship - admittingly to US Weekly that it takes a lot of work.

"Relationships are hard. Don't ever think that love is easy. Love is beautiful, but we've had to come to the realization after being together for five years that love is not easy," Cena said.

"We work every day on us. We have our problems just like everybody else. Some of our problems are very public, some of them aren't. But we work every day on us.

"Anytime I get upset, I always just realize that I can't live without her and I love her and that's why I cave in on a lot of stuff."

He continued: "It takes being able to mesh two lives. I would never ever want Nicole to be in a position where she says, 'I'm holding you back from doing this because I feel it's wrong for us.'

"And I would never say that to her. That's why she's super busy and sometimes we don't see each other for months at a time, but when we do see each other, it's our time together.

"I think, for now at least, that is certainly what's making this work."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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