US Weekly revealed on Sunday that John Cena and fiancé Nikki Bella (Nicole Garcia-Colace) have broken up after being together since 2012.
The outlet was given the news from the couple with the following statement issued:
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.
While the relationship had gone on for years, it wasn’t until the Total Divas series launched in 2013 that it was acknowledged publicly by the company, and even then, it was restricted to the series and not part of their WWE storylines. The two were eventually acknowledged as a couple in the leadup to last year’s WrestleMania 33 card where they teamed up against The Miz and Maryse. The match was a backdrop for the post-match marriage proposal by Cena, designed to be a major storyline on Total Bellas (the spinoff to Total Divas) and culminate in the couple’s wedding.