John Cena & Nikki Bella Reportedly Split Because They Couldn't Agree on Having Kids

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After six years together, pro wrestlers John Cena and Nikki Bella are splitting up, calling off their engagement in what some people are seeing as a sudden turn of events. On Sunday, April 15, just weeks before their planned destination wedding, the couple released a statement tweeted by Bella: "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.”

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But those close to the couple note that this breakup was likely a long time coming. The main reason: Although John, 40, professed that he loved Nikki, 34, "to death," the two have had trouble getting on the same page about not just marriage, but having kids.

As far back as 2013, on the first season of Total Divas, Nikki had said she wanted to be a mom, while John replied, "I can't give you that."  

A year later, in a Total Divas clip from 2014, the couple discussed their differences of opinion on the major issues. "I'm trying to be a realist," John said to his then-girlfriend. "I've told you I don't want to get married and I don't want to have kids, and you do want to get married and you do want to have kids. I feel like there's a time bomb over my head."

That same year, John chatted with Bella’s twin sister Brie, who told the wrestler and actor that she felt her sister was "lying to herself." 

"Nicole and I were talking and she brought to my attention that she's over marriage, she doesn't want to have kids anymore. It was a little alarming to me," Brie elaborated.

John -- who was previously married to Elizabeth Huberdeau from 2009 to 2012 -- said he had been "abundantly clear" about not wanting to tie the knot again or have a family from the time the two went on their first date. "It wasn't like I tried to manipulate your sister into thinking a certain thing was going to happen and then all the sudden say 'Ha ha,'" he shared with Brie. He added: "I love this girl, but I love my life."

So, the warning signs were definitely there. 

Not long after the two got engaged in 2017, Nikki broached the topic with People: "Would I hope John would one day want kids? One hundred percent. But I have come to that decision to being okay with it, that I won't be a mom. I will be the greatest aunt ever."

This heartbreaking situation only goes to show that no matter how much you love someone, it's absolutely imperative that you be on the same page about certain values and life goals. As plenty of celebrities who've tied the know while brushing certain issues like these under the rug would likely attest, a high-profile divorce sucks, so it's probably for the best that John and Nikki are calling it now. With hope, they'll be able to move on in a loving way -- and find new relationships that better fit their long-term desires.

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